I adore apples. They smell like love, not smarmy, hot-hot-hot love, but enveloping, wonderful hugs love.
When I first left home and went to University in Victoria, I had a Great Aunt & Uncle living nearby. Aunt Sonya & Uncle Joe were Great AND they were great! Whenever the home sickness beat out the “I’m free, I’m free!” feelings, I would hop on the long bus out to Colwood and visit them.
My weary, student body fully absorbing the warm fuzzy, cared-for feelings that only a home cooked meal could provide. We would sit around their little kitchen table and they would ask about all of my courses, give me advice, food and hugs. They were the best kind of support. On TOP of that, they were Ukrainian, so…”eat, eat, eat!” was a common refrain.
A bountiful apple tree grew in their backyard, so in order to ensure my continuing good health, they would send me back to my dorm with a huge bag of the fruit. Within a few days, the whole floor was filled with the warm scent of freshly picked pommes. It was a lot of apples…I had to share. No one complained.
I still think of apples as comfort food. An easy to pack on the go snack, a delicacy with pungent cheese, the perfect pie filling. A few of my kiddos have skin sensitivities to raw apples, but they sure enjoy them in a crumble! I wanted a quick after school snack that didn’t involve quite as much prep as a crumble or crisp, but still gave the same warm fuzzies in the their tummies. I just added a few extra ingredients to a regular baked apple recipe and this was the result.
I miss my Aunt & Uncle, they have both passed on…but I love that the soft memories of their kindness and compassion flood right back, every time I smell a fresh apple. Enjoy ♥
Baked Oatmeal Apples
Grinding your own nutmeg really changes the taste of ground nutmeg. Look for one at a speciality food store.
- 6 crisp apples, Granny Smith ( I used Gala…because that’s what I had!), washed & cored
- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup roasted almonds, chopped
- ¼ cup steel cut oats
- Step 1 Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Step 2 First core the apples carefully, try not to perforate the bottom, or all the goodness leaks out! I usually make a slight cut across the bottom of the apple to give it a flat surface as well. Set aside.
- Step 3 Combine all other ingredients into a smooth paste.
- Step 4 Using a small spoon or spatula, carefully fill each apple with the brown sugar mixture, making a little round mound on top of each.
- Step 5 Place the apples on the parchment covered cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Step 6 Allow to cool slightly then serve with a healthy dollop of vanilla yogurt, whipped cream or ice cream!
“All human history attests that happiness for man, the hungry sinner!
Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner.” ~ Lord Byron