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DON HOUSTON

Baked apples for breakfast? Why not?

Don Houston of Hearty Fare

By Don Houston

Apples

Apples

I am sure you have heard the expression it sucks to get old. Well, it is true. You lose your vision and your hearing and a few more things I can't remember. Your arthritis gets more painful each day; but there are some perks. The biggest perk is you are allowed to be a little eccentric (don't overdo it or they will throw you into a nursing home). So my big thing is eating the way I want -- not as convention decrees. So, I like breakfast for supper and I like dessert for breakfast. My wife and family just think I am little odd; but harmless.

So this week I am doing baked apples for breakfast. You can have them for desserts if you want; but if you want to prove I am not totally daft serve these apples to your family for a Saturday or Sunday breakfast. I bet they will love you ... and think you are a little daft.

As you can see I am still in Honeycrisp heaven; but other firm apples will also work. If you can find some Pink Ladies from Australia try them (apples not humans).

Baked apples for breakfast

Yield 6 portions

  • Apples:
  • 3 medium Honeycrisp apples
  • 1 TBSP. Brown sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • Oat topping:
  • 4 Oz. Butter (1 stick)
  • 1 / 2 Cup All-purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cup Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 Cup Brown sugar
  • 1 / 4 Cup Toasted walnut pieces
  • 1/4 Tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 Tsp. Kosher salt
  • For serving:
  • Vanilla ice cream

Method:

Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray a baking dish large enough to fit 6 apple halves with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

Halve the apples from stem to end and use a spoon to scoop out the core, seeds, and stem. Arrange the apple halves in the baking dish with the flesh facing up. Scatter the 1-tablespoon of brown sugar and a 1/4-teaspoon of cinnamon over the apples.

Topping:

Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat then stir the flour, oats, brown sugar, walnuts cinnamon, and salt into the melted butter (doing this directly in the saucepan reduces dishes).

Divide the topping between the apples, lightly pressing it down onto the apples.

Add about 1/4 " hot water to bottom of pan

Bake:

Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 minutes. Uncover the apples then bake another 20 to 30 minutes until the apples are soft and the topping has browned. Remove from oven and let apples cool. They can be made ahead to this point and reheated.

Garnish:

Serve with a scoop of ice cream.

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