But that means it's okay to start making fall things. During this time of year, when we want something sweet, I whip up some baked apples. Whip up? Yes, this is fast and it's easy. Here's how.
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So here's what's in the mix:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon each ginger and nutmeg
- up to 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts and/or dried fruit (currants, raisins, pecans, walnuts and even dried bananas all work well)
- Use crisp, tart or semi-tart apples. Wash the outside, then hollow out the core, leaving ~1/2 inch of apple on the bottom. Yes, this is a bit tricky and takes a little practice. The best tool I've found for this is a mellon-baller.
- Fill the hollow with your filling. Pack it in tightly, then "plug" the hole with about 3/4 tablespoon butter.
- Put an inch of water in the bottom of a roasting pan, and put in the apples (plug side up). Bake at 375˚F for about 45 minutes. You want tender, but not mushy.