I love baked apples. But I also love to pretend that I'm eating something healthy so... let's add some things to the baked apples.
For one: PECANS! (Let's not argue about pronunciation. It's a blog. You can read it the way you want!)
That's from a Shape article on Pecans here. I don't read Shape magazine. It makes me a bit depressed. But I do like to read about food!
We buy ours from the local Coquille Indian Tribe. Organic and sustainable farming is a win-win! they harvest 100,000 pounds a year.
Healthwise, anthocyanins present in the berries fight inflammation, and are also linked to lowering the risk of heart disease and cancer. This doesn't even address the antioxidant properties!
Hollow out the apples leaving about 1/4 inch at the bottom. Now, here's the bad part. Stick some butter in there. Seriously. It's yummier that way.
1cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup pecans
1 cup raisins
1 cup whole cranberries, raw
Settle the apples in the bottom of the pan (or the crockpot). Stuff each with a mix of desired ingredients. These apples won't hold much, so the leftovers go in the bottom of the crockpot with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup apple juice. I saw a recipe that called for 1.2 cup brandy and I REALLY wanted to try it... but giving alcohol to toddlers might be a bad idea. So, no brandy in this one.
After one of these babies, you'll be as strong as Superman. Or maybe live as long. Or maybe just have nice skin. I'm not totally sure. We can hope for all three!
As I was working, Edna quoted something I thought was just lovely. (If she doesn't get a chance to cook, she amuses herself by throwing out appropriate literary lines.) It describes me perfectly. If I had Dr. Who's tardis, I would just hop from Autumn to Autumn, with a little stop at Spring for a change.
Until next time, my lovelies!