Thursday, January 7, 2010

Baked Apples

On most frugal themed blogs in the vast cloud of cyberspace, January is "use only things already in your pantry month". No joke. Given the frigid temperatures in most of the country, one can only assume this has more to do with not wanting to go outside than being particularly frugal, but perhaps it is a combination of both. In the spirit of frugal blogs everywhere, nothing was used today that was not already in the cupboard. This body never ventured out the front door to face the cold either. Today's simple crock dessert was born of necessity. There is still an abundance of Satay, Tamales, and Wendy's Chili (Copycat) in the fridge. No desserts in sight. Reading about someone's apple pie on a non-frugal blog set off cravings which this satisfied. Too bad there wasn't any vanilla ice cream or whipped cream already in the pantry.

Winner, Loser, or Meh

These are really nice. Not overly sweet, and they taste very wholesome. Easy. Simple.


I halved the recipe below and used a 2 1/2 -3 quart crock for this. A full recipe would work in a 5-6 quart round or oval

  • 4 large baking apples, unpeeled, cored
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raisins, or dried cranberries, or dried cherries, or combination (I used raisins)
  • 2 Tbls butter, melted (vegans can use margarine)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (I used several twists from my nutmeg grinder)
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)(I used walnuts)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or apple juice (optional) (I didn't use any, didn't have any and wasn't leaving the house)
Mix brown sugar and dried fruit together and stuff tightly into the cored apple. Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon and nutmeg. If using wine/apple juice add to the melted butter. Pour tthe butter mixture over the apples. Top cores with nuts. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8.

1 comment:

  1. Found on these on Pinterest site. I usually use MW for similar, but these sound better. Glad I found your blog, and have bookmarked you for exploration.