When I saw this post at Children's Learning Activities, it reminded me of my mom telling me she used to eat apples like this. I wanted to try it and have the kids help.
We did only one apple at first. Very adventurous, I know. It took no time at all to prepare the apple and my pictures are horrid because I was trying to keep up with the kids.
First, we (Daddy) cored the apple with a knife and a spoon, but not all the way through. It made a little tunnel/bowl.
Next, I had the kids add a sprinkle of Craisins (we didn't have cranberries) in the hole. I put some Craisins in front of each child and Little Lady immediately shoved her pile into her mouth while Mini Me carefully added the cranberries to the hole. Ha ha!
Next we added a little butter, brown sugar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I didn't measure even though the recipe does have measures. The kids took turns dumping the ingredients in.
After about 30 minutes in the oven, we had this.
YUM! Everyone loved this treat and the house smelled great.
Since you can make these in whatever amount you choose, it might be a fun Do-It-Yourself treat for Thanksgiving. The apples could be personalized with blueberries or peaches (peach preserves, maybe?) instead of cranberries.
Baked apples with cranberries:
1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Core the apples, leaving the bottom closed (creating a small bowl in the apple). Peel the top half of the apple.
2. Fill the apple with dried cranberries (I used frozen and it was fine).
3. Top with a spoon of brown sugar, 1/2 tsp of butter and sprinkle with cinnamon.
4. Bake for 35-45 minutes (until the apples are soft).
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