Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Baked Apples for Dessert


Dessert doesn't have to be cookies or cake. Try something fresh and healthy and enjoy a guilt-free dessert. Baked apples are easy and inexpensive to make. After each bite, Mikey made the sign language sign for "more, more." I was happy to oblige because these were harmless apples with only a tablespoon of honey. Best of all, Mikey and I enjoyed the pleasure of something sweet together. Since I don't feed him processed food loaded with sugar, it really is a special moment and I don't have to sacrifice my principles.

4 Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice, or 1/2 a lemon
1 tablespoon of honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Cut apples into slivers and put in a mixing bowl. Squeeze in the juice from half of a lemon. Pour in honey and almost all the cinnamon, save a little for the top. Mix everything together well. Put the apple mixture into a pie dish. Cut the butter into small cubes and scatter on top. Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon over the butter and apples. Cover and put in the oven for 50 minutes or until apples are soft. Serve warm or at room temperature. These are sweet enough alone, but a small bit of warm maple syrup for dipping is good too!

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