Confession: Sometimes we just crave something sweet (and very easy) for a rare dessert, so the recipe has to include pantry staple ingredients that we normally have on hand. This is it! Sometimes we even keep the sugar/cinnamon/pecan mix prepared in advance for an even faster fix.
(modification of original recipe from Simply Recipes)
Serves 4 (½ apple/serving)
- 2 large baking apples (Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, or Jonagold)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
- 1 tablespoon chopped raisins (OPTIONAL)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces (OPTIONAL)
- ¾ cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Wash and dry apples. Slice apples in half (top to bottom). With a 1” melon ball scoop (or small paring knife), cut out just the apple center cores. Cut out any stem from top/bottom of apples with a small V-cut, being careful not to cut into center core hole (the good stuff will leak out).
Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped pecans (and optional raisins if using) in a small bowl; stir to combine.
Place apples in an 8” x 8” baking dish; using a teaspoon, fill each apple with the sugar mixture (trying to keep it all in the core and on top of the apple. If using the optional butter, place a piece of butter on top of the sugar mixture over the core.
Pour the boiling water into the bottom of the baking dish, being careful to not get water on (or in) the apples. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes, until the apples are cooked through and tender (not mushy). Carefully remove the apples from the dish with tongs and serve warm.
Nutritional Info/Serving: Calories 80, Fat 1 g, Protein 0 g, Carbs 18 g
21 Day Fix Container Equivalents/Serving: 0.5 Purple, 0.5 Blue
Nutritional Info/Serving WITH OPTIONAL raisins and butter: Calories 121, Fat 4 g, Protein 1 g, Carbs 22 g