With only one day before Frankenstorm hits the East coast, I reasoned today was the day to stop procrastinating. After all, I could be swept up in a storm, Dorothy and Toto style tomorrow. I would never be able to finish the October Pin It Do It Challenge, and my life would come to a halt as a under-achiever. Sigh.
Coming in as my fifth Pinterest project, Baked Apple Streusel is the perfect treat for a chilly day. The recipe can be used for breakfast, dessert, or a snack, and you won’t have to worry about hitting the scale the next day, because it’s not that bad for you.
Mix butter, oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, almonds, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Am I the only person who takes a certain pride in having an in-tact, perfectly formed blob of brown sugar? I think I need therapy for even proposing this question.
Your streusel mix should appear painstakingly delicious.
Take two apples and cut them in half. Core the centers and splash the apples with a little lemon juice, if you’d like. The lemon juice supposedly cuts down on the yellowing of fruit after it’s cut. Either I’m splashing wrong, or this is a fallacy. I’m voting for option two.
Fill each apple center with the streusel and spread over the tops of the apples. They will be packed full of the yummy, gooey topping! Although the apples haven’t been baked at this point, the smells of the season will fill your kitchen. And your adorable pooch (if you’re lucky enough to have one) will give you their best example of ‘love me’ eyes in hopes for a taste.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes. Your apples will swell and the streusel will have a crunchy appearance. Remove from the oven and enjoy!
These treats are so good, they are sinful.
Baked Apple Steusel
– 2 medium to large apples
– ¹⁄ ³ cup butter or margarine
– ½ cup oats
– ½ cup flour
– ½ cup brown sugar
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– ½ tsp cloves
– ½ tsp ginger
– small handful of almonds, sliced
– pinch of salt
1. Mix butter, oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, almonds and salt in a medium size bowl.
2. Cut apples in half, then core the centers.
3. Fill the center of the apples with the streusel filling.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes.