We have a joke in our family about apples. Ever since I can remember and especially after school while my sister and I were ravenous and scavenging for something starchy and satisfying, my mom’s standard response to “what can we have to eat?” was “have an apple.”
What? Seriously? An apple? Ummmm, I was thinking somewhere along the lines of nachos swimming in melted cheese.
After a while we didn’t even bother to ask any more. We just started digging fast and furious into every chip bag we could find until we heard her footsteps coming followed by the “Girls? Are you home? What do you want for an after school snack? Why don’t you have an apple?” It was truly remarkable that my mom had the uncanny ability to know the exact moment that we were digging into the chip bags. She knew it every…single…time…(without fail).Why do chip bags have to make so much dag on noise?
Well guess what? Now the joke’s on me, I’m a mom of two girls and somehow, mysteriously, through no conscious intent of my own, the words, “have an apple“, now echo through the kitchen at my house. It’s like a curse or something…as I hear the familiar rustle of chips bags, I find myself casually pop around the corner with an innocent “why don’t you girls have an apple?” How can this be happening? Guess it’s true what they say about turning into your mother! And still to this day I must admit that I wonder if she was actually in cahoots with the obnoxiously loud sounding chip bag manufacturers.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with apples! I love apples. Adore them! Even after a lifetime of eating them daily whether I wanted to or not. And I’m so happy that I’ve instilled the love of them into my children as well. That’s why this recipe written by my tween, Sassafras, delights me so. She has gotten creative with her apple consumption and I must say that this is an easy yet decadent way to enjoy an apple. Clever, clever girl she is.
So I give to you…brown sugar & cinnamon baked apples.
Here’s what you’ll need. An apple, cinnamon, brown sugar, and some aluminum foil cut into squares.
My daughter makes this yummy treat on a regular basis, but I’ve never attempted to do so. The night before I planned on making these sweet packets of deliciousness, I left a note with a few questions for her to answer before she left for school and I woke up to this.
Instead of simply answering my questions she wrote out “her” recipe. I think that I may have a foodie on my hands!
Begin by cutting an apple in half and coring it. I used a gala apple but any apple will do!
Next, slice each half into very thin slices. Approximately 20 slices for each half.
You’ll end up with a big pile of apples.
Place all of the slices in the center of a piece of foil (make sure that the foil is big enough to close easily around the apples or you’ll have an ooey gooey mess on your hands after it cooks).
Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar all over the apples.
That’s it! Do you believe it? No butter, no anything else, the brown sugar and cinnamon combined with the juices of the apple make their very own magnificent sauce.
Wow, why didn’t I think of this when I was a kid?
I found that gathering each corner of the foil up and pinching it together kept all of the fabulous brown sugar & cinnamon sauce in the packet rather than all over the oven.
Placing your packets on a baking sheet is a good idea as well. Bake in a 400º oven for 25 minutes.
The result? Warm, succulent cinnamony (is that a word?) melt in your mouth apples. Make sure to pour all of the sauce all over the top, grab a fork and dig in!
Maybe my mom was on to something.
Now go have an apple!