My second son turned one month last week. Needless to say, my ability to cook is a tad limited at the moment. But my big brother and my two adorable nieces were in town for a visit so I handed the baby off to his dad during our older son’s nap in order to pull together a simple but tasty dinner of veggie burgers with avocado and tomato, the world’s best oven fries, a green salad with dried cranberries and toasted pepitas, and even (gasp!) DESSERT.
I decided to make baked apples for three reasons: 1) They are yummy and comforting and warm, 2) It is apple season and the Hudson Valley is bursting with delicious, crisp, sweet-tart fruit, and, 3) Perhaps most importantly, they are amazingly easy to make.
I think baked apples are good pretty much any way but I included crystallized ginger to spice things up a bit, along with some toasted pecans we had leftover from another meal.
The rest was easy – brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, butter (you could use coconut oil if you don’t eat dairy), and some fresh apple cider that we got at a wonderful cider press party we’d gone to a few days earlier.
Cored the apples, stopping an inch above the bottom to avoid going all the way through.
Then stuffed them, topped them with butter, arranged them in a baking dish so that none would tip over while baking, and poured some of the cider into the bottom. Topped it with foil and put it into the oven for a while.
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