To say I needed a bit of a mental break is an understatement.
Unfortunately, this time of year doesn't offer too much of a reprieve. So, instead, I whipped up some comfort food from things I had on hand and ended up with a simple little treat: cinnamon apples.
Single-Serve Cinnamon Apples:
- 1 apple; peeled, cored, and sliced (I used honeycrisp because that's what I happened to have)
- approx. 1.5 T sugar (less if you're using a sweeter apple variety, etc.)
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- dash of nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves
- approx. 1/2 tsp honey (optional)
Note that apples release a lot of liquid while they bake, so what you thought might be too much at the beginning (like my then-overflowing ramekin--literally) will actually cook down to look much smaller. This juice also means that it can be great to add granola, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and even a bit of caramel to make a faux-crisp. Though personally, I think I enjoy these apples most simply by themselves.