Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Food: Easy Baked Apples

I'm a big fan of apples in most any form so this is one of my go-to side dish recipes. I usually don't have the 8 apples it calls for, but it works equally as well with fewer apples. You can adjust the sweetness and spices and even how long you cook it depending on your taste and how squishy you like your apples. You could throw in some walnuts and raisins for variety. You could replace the sugar with the fake stuff if you'd like. I use these baked apples in place of applesauce with pork or to add flavor to plain yogurt.

Easy Baked Apples

10 cups sliced peeled tart apples (about 8 medium Granny Smith's work)
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp ground cinnamon (heaping)

Place apples in a 2.5 quart microwave-safe bowl.
Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over apples and toss to coat.
Cover and microwave on high until apples are tender, checking after 5 minutes. (If you use fewer apples, it may only take 5 minutes, but it depends on the wattage of your microwave. Cooking them longer won't hurt them, it will just make them saucier.)

1 comment:

  1. I usually make apple sauce instead. A 5 lb bag full of anything. Grannies you would need the sugar but about any other and the cinnamon is all you need - the sauce is sweet enough. I put it into pint containers and put it in the freezer to use whenever. I peel, quarter and core and put them in a large pot (Dutch oven) with a cup of water to keep it from scorching on the bottom. and cook til done, stirring occasionally. Takes 1/2 to 1 hour.