Friday, December 27, 2013

Baked Apples with Cranberry Granola

Apples. They are a staple fruit for us. They are especially big hits with the kids and their hungry friends.

Ages ago, I used to make baked apples with plain granola and brown sugar.  Now, I have found a way to cut out the extra brown sugar. I just don't add it!

Of course, the type of apple used makes a huge difference in the finished product.  Tart green apples need the sugar.  Red varieties don't. Since nobody around here likes raisins, I used a raisin-free cereal and added the dried cranberries instead.



These apples are fragrant and beautiful.  When you slice them open,  the red skin imparts a rosy glow to the apple's flesh.  They also happen to taste divine!

Ingredients
4-6 large apples, I used Red Delicious
3/4 cup granola cereal (I used Quaker Natural Granola cereal)
1/4 cup dried cranberries/ Craisins
2/3 cup cranberry-raspberry juice (or cranberry-apple juice)


Method
1. Core the apples. Arrange in your baking dish.


2. Mix together the granola and cranberries.  Fill each cored apple with this.  If you have some leftover, toss it in the bottom of the baking dish.

3. Pour 1/3 cup the juice into the center of the apples to moisten the granola.


4. Bake uncovered at.350 F for 40-45 minutes.  Baste once with the other 1/3 cup of fresh juice.

5. Serve warm with ice cream, whipped cream, or just pour cream over them. Garnish with additional granola or sliced almonds if you want some crunch.