A Budget-Friendly 4 Ingredient Baked Apple Dish to Take Along!
I am notorious for not being a good cook. There I said it (er, typed it)! I often call myself a “food assembler” as anything with over a few ingredients is often over my head. The odds are 50/50 that I’ll be able to pull it off and it taste good. Hey, I’m just telling it like it is, and I have wasted many good ingredients trying to prove myself otherwise. At this point in my life, I have faced the facts of my kitchen limitations and do my best to play to my skills of assembling simple ingredients.
Our church has a fellowship lunch every Sunday after worship service. This concept was a bit new to me from other churches that we had attended living elsewhere. A once a month fellowship or special holiday gathering was much more what I was use to making food for during the year, but now I had to find ways to get creative and bring something, not only edible, but hopefully delicious and eye pleasing too each Sunday. It isn’t at all about the show of it, as I know I am not up to par with the cooking skills our congregation’s ladies; however, I wholeheartedly wanted to contribute. That’s how my recipe for these quick and easy baked apples came about.
A couple of us in our congregation have food allergies or are on restricted diets. This apple bake was partly necessity as it doesn’t use any dairy or other allergen foods. It is technically “vegan” I suppose, but it is by not mean a “health food” – rather a very simple, yet amazingly yummy, dessert that almost anyone can eat despite restrictions. Every time I bring it to church, I get a compliment or two for my surprisingly good “food assembly” and, honestly, I’m just overjoyed that it is usually all eaten up at our fellowship lunches. Does my heart good to know that I’m contributing on my limited kitchen skills. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
BAKED APPLE INGREDIENTS:
8-10 Medium-sized Apples (any variety works)
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1-1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon Sugar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
BAKED APPLE RECIPE:
Line a 9 x 13 inch cake pan with a double layer of heavy duty aluminum foil. I have used both a metal pan and a class one – either is fine. Use a bit of coconut oil to grease the aluminum foil and set aside.
Peel the apples and roughly cut them into chunky pieces and slices layering them in the greased pan. I usually put thin 2-3 layers randomly stacked. This works great with a variety of different kinds of apples or an inexpensive bag of red delicious when they are on sale. I often buy apples and use the ones that look a little worse for wear in this recipe as the bruises and scars don’t matter. Once they are baked up, it all tastes delicious.
Next scatter the cinnamon sugar evenly over the top of the layered apples. Then do the same with the brown sugar. I usually leave some chunky bits of brown sugar on the top here and there. It makes it have some nice dark areas of golden brown when it bakes.
Finally top it all with big dollops of coconut oil randomly spooned out. I put 3 Tbsp of coconut oil in the ingredients, but use your best judgement and be sure to have at least a dozen or so dollops of it scattered evenly on the top of the apples. It will melt as it bakes and coat the apples. (You can also substitute about a half stick of butter or margarine in lieu of the coconut oil. I personally like the coconut flavor better on this recipe, but have used butter on some occasions.)
Pop it in the oven at 375 degrees for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Do not cover it. This will get the top of the apples a dark golden brown, a bit crispy and chewy while the bottom of the apples will be soft and buttery. It is the perfect combination in your mouth! Serve with some homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Yum!
There you have it. This stellar “food assembler” whips up these cinnamon sugar baked apples quite often to take along on Sundays and share at home too. Do you have a favorite go-to recipe for church fellowship lunches or special occasions? Something simple or perhaps even more complicated for the real deal cooks out there? Please share in the comments! I’m always looking for something good to “assemble” and take along.
Until next time,
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