Snack time is a very important part of our day. The girls and I reconnect, chat about our day, and sometimes just settle in with a good book and some yummy food. One of our favorite snacks in the fall is baked apples. We've always got a bowl full of apples and tend to indulge in them a lot during September and October. The recipe is super simple to make and requires only three ingredients. Combine them with a good book about apples and you've got a fun way to reconnect after school or any time.
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3 medium-sized apples
2 tbsp. light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
This recipe makes 2 snack-sized portions. It's very easy to double (or triple) to make as much as you need.
Slice and peel all of your apples. I usually slice them the same as if I were serving them raw. If you have one of those nifty apple corer and slicer gadgets, use that. Your apples will be the perfect size.
Throw your apples in a bowl with your brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix them up until your apples slices are evenly coated. *Note: we love the taste of cinnamon, so feel free to adjust the amount of cinnamon to your tastes.
After your apples are coated, put them in an 8x8 square baking pan. Put them in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. At this point your apples are starting to get juicy and your house will smell like apple pie. Yummy! Stir the apples and pop them in the oven for 10 minutes more. Now it's time to eat! For a special treat, we love to put a little whipped cream on top. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
While you're eating those apples, indulge in a good story. There are many great books about apples, but these are some of our favorites.
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
Baked Apples (serves 2)
3 medium-sized apples
2 tbsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Slice and peel your apples. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir to coat the apple slices evenly. Put in an 8x8 baking dish and bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. Stir. Bake for 10 minutes more. Serve immediately.