Thursday, July 14, 2011

Baked Apples

I guess this dessert made me feel a little bit healthier because it has apples in it. The bad news is... we made all 4 and... ate all 4. You have to get your serving of fruit, right?

4 Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup almonds, slivered and toasted
2 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp dried apricots, chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp orange juice

Preheat the oven to 200⁰C or 392⁰F. You can thank me for converting it later.
Using an apple corer, remove the core from each apple.
Using a large sharp knife, cut the top off of each apple. Carefully remove the flesh from inside each apple, being careful not to damage the natural shape of the apple and leaving enough of the flesh next to the skins so the apples do not collapse.Dice the flesh removed from each apple and toss in a medium mixing bowl with the almonds, raisins, apricots, cinnamon and orange juice.
Carefully spoon the mixture into the center of each apple allowing it to overflow slightly out of the top and sprinkle with sugar.
Place the tops back over the apples, spooning a little of the stuffing mixture into the whole of each top, and sprinkle with sugar.
Place the apples into a small baking dish and bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until the apples have wilted slightly and the tops have turned light golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving the warm apples.
We wish we would have done this - drizzle honey or add more sugar on top.

E: 8 - Eliott's got some mad knife skills.
A: 8 - We bought a trail mix that had almonds, raisins, and apricots mixed together.
T: 8
HH: 6 - We'll both admit, Apple Pie tastes better. Baked Apples is healthier, but it's not the same.

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