Recipe | "Easy Baked Apples for a Cozy Night In" by Alicia

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If you have been following the recipes I share, you will notice one common theme..."easy." I don't always want to work too too hard for yummy food, especially after a long day, or even a long night in the kitchen cooking dinner. Sometimes I just want something warm, and sweet, and satisfying to curl up on the couch with. This recipe for baked apples definitely fits the bill! Recipe makes 4 large apples.

First, start with a circular cake pan, and line the bottom with heavy foil. Next, peel and core 4 medium to large size apples. If you don't mind the skin, don't bother peeling them. (My mom's peeling trick: peel the apples onto a paper towel for easy, no-mess disposal.) I used Washington apples here, but any "sturdy" apple you like will do--Granny Smiths are a very nice choice, although sometimes a bit tart-er, you may want a little more sugar. 

Combine the following ingredients in a mixing bowl:

1/4 Cup Light or Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup White Sugar
1 Tbsp. All-Purpose Flour (This makes for a nice, light sauce in the pan!)
2 Tbsp. Old Fashioned Oats (Not instant)
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
Pinch of Kosher Salt
Place the peeled and cored apples into the cake pan. Fill up the core hole with the spice mix concoction, and dot with real butter: appox 1 Tbsp. per apple. If you don't have a core-er you may also cut the apples into large pieces as shown, simply shave off 5 minutes of cooking time.

Add 2 Tbsp. of Tap Water to the Bottom of the Pan (This will help a nice sauce to form.)
Then, tightly tent the apples with the foil....any holes in the foil will allow your apples to dry out, so tent tightly. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes. The apples will be soft, and spoonable, but not mushy. Add some ice cream and voila!

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