Monday, November 7, 2011

New Sweet Obsessions!

Baked Apples....Nothing could be better. Nothing. I. Love. Them. They are EXTREMELY easy and hey, whoever can say the words "baked" and "apples" in the same sentence has to be some sort of healthy, RIGHT?? Well, I know that they are not that great, so I'm going to offer 2 recipes, a normal one that is Awesome and a tad more scrumptious and an alternative one that is still tasty for those of us who are counting every last drop. :)

Bake Apples {Normal}

1/4 cup of butter
4 large "tart" apples- peeled, cored and sliced, 1/4 inch thick
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup of cold water
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1. In a large, covered skillet, melt butter over medium heat; add apples. Cook, stirring constantly, until apples are almost tender, about 6-7 minutes. 
2. Dissolve cornstarch in water; add to skillet. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

You could also do less cornstarch and add nutmeg and vanilla for a little extra something!

Baked Apples {Diet}

4 apples, cored
2 Tbsp of water
2-3 packets of stevia {or other sweetener}
Pinch of cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Core the apples, being careful not to cut clear to the bottom, and pare a strip from the top of each. Place in an 8x8 baking dish. 
3. Dissolve the stevia in the 2 Tbsp of water
4. Divide into four portions and pour into each apple. 
5. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of each apple and add 1 cup of water around the apples
6. Bake for 45-60 min.

(They also suggest to add Vanilla Creme Stevia, I have not tried that yet, but I'm sure its great.)

SSOOOO, obviously these are both very different ways to prepare, but I'm not gonna lie....I used the {Diet} ingredients and followed the {normal} directions :) Let me know how ya'lls go!! 

These colorful little guys are nothing special. White cake mix and white frosting. I just wanted to play with food coloring. But they are fun to look at!!

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