It’s getting dark much earlier, and cool enough in the evenings to warrant a sweater and socks. Consequently, I find myself hovering around the oven far more than say, last weekend.
One of my favorite fall treats is baked apples. They perfume the house as they bake, and taste exactly like the best part of an apple pie (maybe I’ve just never had a crust I really liked?) There are many ways to bake an apple, but here’s how I made mine.
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
4 Apples (I used Pink Ladies, my fave!)
1/2 c. cinnamon/sugar
1 tbsp. cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
2 tbsp. butter
Tear off four squares of aluminum foil large enough to wrap around each apple. Core apples and place each in the center of the foil squares. Score the skin of the apples. Place one cinnamon stick inside each apple, and fill with the core with the cloves and cinnamon/sugar mixture. Rub part of the 1/2 tbsp butter on the apple skins, and place the rest of the butter inside the apple core. Fold and twist the foil so that each apple is covered, but not sealed shut. Place the foil-wrapped apples in a baking dish to catch any extra drips. Bake for 25 minutes or until apples feel soft when squeezed with tongs.
Serve warm and Enjoy!