Friday, November 19, 2010

Baked Stuffed Apples with Raisins and Walnuts

Need a healthy desert option for Thanksgiving dinner? Try baked apples! They may not be as healthy as eating a plain apple...but I think it would be healthier than eating all 5 different kinds of pies that will most likely be offered. And thankfully, these taste just as good as pumpkin pie in my opinion!

Know what is even better? They're quick and easy-my favorite! Perfect for an already busy day of cooking...

  • 2 large granny smith apples (or any apples)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 T melted butter
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees so it can warm up while you make the apples! Next, combine the brown sugar, walnuts, raisins, and pumpkin spice and stir well in a small bowl.

Now is probably the hardest part of this entire recipe: taking the core out of the apple. This is probably MUCH easier if you have an apple corer, but a knife works too (just makes things a little messier). Make sure to get all of the seeds out. You can probably use other kinds of apples, but I chose Granny Smith since they are tart and also hold up well in the oven. The are also a pretty bright green for pictures :)

Finally, stuff the apples with the brown sugar/walnut/raisin mixture. Drizzle with the maple syrup and top it off with a bit of melted butter before placing in the oven. In the baking dish, pour the 1/2 cup of apple cider.

Since your oven should be at 350 degrees by now, place the apples in for about 35-40 minutes until the apples are super tender.

Why not make it taste even more like apples and top it off with some Apple Butter? I left the jar I bought at the farmer's market last weekend at my parent's I had to settle for Stop & Shop brand. Not bad, though!

I just got a text from a friend that Starbucks has buy one Holiday Drink get one free from 2-5 today and the rest of the weekend, so GO GO GO...and bring a friend, or drink 2 for yourself ;)

Question of the Day: Do you have any fun ideas for things we can add to our bucket list? We want our list to reach 100 things...but we need some help brainstorming! Leave your ideas.


Kimberly Almeida said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Cait! i LOVE #14 on your bucket list!! I'm not sure i know what "Food Buzz in San Francisco" is but if you get there, you better let me know. I would love to meet you there. I love, love San Fran <3 Awesome city, awesome people and a great vibe. (and a a very short, cheap flight from my house!) Anyway, I saw this recipe and thought of you. I am definitely going to try it too! It's called Crispy Parmesan Chickpeas and here is what you need: 2 cans (15oz each) chickpeas
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 TBSP olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
Pinch of Cayenne pepper
1. Rinse the chickpeas under water. Spread them out on paper towels and let them dry for 15 minutes. Pat the chickpeas dry with additional towels and dicard any loose skins.
2. Meanwhile, heat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together parmesan, oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add chickpeas and toss to coat.
3. Spread the chickpeas on a rimmed baking sheet and roast, tossing twice, until dried and very crisp, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool completely on cookie sheet.
4. If you try this recipe, please blog accordingly so i know how they turned out. Love you!

Cindy said... Best Blogger Tips

Chickpeas are the most versatile food I know...let me know if either of you make this!

Cait Jensen said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Kim...thanks for sharing this recipe! It sounds great-I'll def try it. Let me know if you do before hand and how they turn out :)

Jeff and I looked up flights to visit you guys on our spring break just for fun last night, and learned that they were much more expensive than we had hoped :( I wish everything was free! But if we save our pennies...we WILL make it out here one day! Love you

Kimberly Almeida said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, they are pricey :( I might have an option for you though. I will have to talk to Milt. I have a car in NJ that needs to get back to CA somehow... Maybe you guys could drive one way and fly home? It could work, you and Jeff would have to have a lot of time since driving cross country (which should be on your bucket list, if it isn't already) takes quite a few days... I don't know just a thought or a possibility :) As for airlines, I would def. look at JetBlue out of JFK to Long Beach or Southwest to LAX or SNA. We are fortunate to live near more than one major airport so getting the best price is easier. Also, for some reason, it is always cheaper to fly out of Baltimore so you could check the flights in and out of there. You are young and I'm sure trying to keep your debt ratio down (that's what your 30s are for!) but if you ever do apply for a credit card, make sure it works double by earning reward points for stuff you buy anyway. you can turn those points into miles. We use AMEX because 1. They make you pay the balance at the end of each month so no ongoing balance and 2. their reward system is one of the best. good luck and keep looking! I will talk to Milt about the car in NJ.

Cait Jensen said... Best Blogger Tips

So Jeff and I are LOVING this possible option! We just mapqusted from here to you guys and it said 46 hours...piece of cake :) But we love traveling and have never done anything like that (and probably would never have the chance), so let me know if you talk to Milt and if this would be helpful to you guys and we will start planning! How many days did you guys take when you drove out here? We were thinking 5? Then spending 3 or so days with you guys-so we would need a good week and a half?

We will also look up those flights tonight just in case we can find something reasonable for both ways! Thanks for your help. Hope you're having a good day :) Love you.

amish bed frame said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks lovely that it is baked! I am going to make this one at home. It would be nice to have this.

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