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Faux Apple Pie - Baked Apple Recipe
Turn an Ordinary Apple Into an Indulgent Treat
It is a chilly day here in Texas and I was craving something warm, comforting...and sweet! Since we are not big dessert eaters in my house, having only the occasional bag of Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies around, I grabbed for an apple. A cold apple that was in my fridge. Hmmm. Sweet, but not quite warm and comforting, so I decided to bake it with some cinnamon. I quickly realized that cinnamon alone was not going to satisfy my craving, so I decided to make the recipe below which reminds me of an apple pie, definitely warm and comforting.
- 1 Apple, of your choice. I used a Gala Apple
- Sprinkling of Cinnamon, enough to cover apple halves
- 2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar, more or less depending on size of apple
- 2 Teaspoons Oatmeal, more or less depending on size of apple
- 2 or 3 Pecan Halves, chopped - optional
- 2 Pats Butter, or non-dairy alternative
- Cut apple in half and core. Also make a few slices with your knife to the fleshy part of each apple half so the ingredients can sink down into it.
- Sprinkle each apple half with the cinnamon, then layer on the brown sugar, oatmeal and nuts (if using).
- Make a foil boat and place apple halves inside.
- Add a small pat of butter on top of each apple half to keep the oatmeal moist. Do not cover.
- Cook in pre-heated Toaster Oven at 375 for 40 - 45 minutes. After 40 minutes, test doneness with a knife. If you desire a softer apple, you can cook it for another 5 - 10 minutes, just close up the foil a bit so the toppings don't dry out.
Prepare for Serving
- Remove the baked apple halves from the Toaster Oven.
- Carefully transfer the baked apple halves to a plate or bowl.
- Spoon remaining juices over each apple half.