Friday, November 16, 2012

Tonight's Treat

In the past 2 days I have: turned in a 25 page research paper, been diagnosed with a sinus infection, gotten sick from the medication for said sinus infection, slept about 5 hours, used way too many cough drops, and sat through an advising appointment that took an hour longer than it should have. Oy.

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)

Preheat oven to 350 and peel, core, and slice apple into moderately thin pieces. Toss all dry ingredients together with apple slices until the apples are relatively evenly coated. Pour into (ungreased) ramekin/jar/whatever you'd like and stir in honey. Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until apples reach your desired texture, stirring occasionally. Note that the time may vary depending on what type of container you use.

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.

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