When I make baked apples, I cook them two ways. One method uses coconut milk which makes the apples slightly sweeter. The second method uses butter and has a little nuttier flavor.
Baked Apples…Two Ways
1/2-3/4 cup coconut milk OR 1/2 stick of butter
Lots of cinnamon and/or Apple Pie Spice
Cut up apples and place aside. Heat coconut milk or butter in sauce pan. Add apples and spices and stir. Cover pan and continue to cook over medium to low heat. Stir occasionally until apples are soft (15 to 20 minutes depending on type of fat used, and desired softness). If there is too much liquid in the bottom, uncover the apples and let the moisture cook out. If not enough liquid, just add a little more!
These apples are delicious as is, or paired with pork chops!
Here are a few of my favorite variations:
• Top with heavy whipping cream and touch of vanilla extract.
• Andy Deas’ Coconut Pudding: cook in 2 cups coconut milk until very tender. Then toss the mix in the blender. Leave in the fridge overnight and the result is a tasty coconut apple pudding!
• Add the baked apples to my pancake mixture (in place of bananas…see my last post!).
My favorite spice mix to add the flavor of this combo is Penzey’s apple pie spice. Penzey’s has an array of quality spices, at an affordable price. I have ordered many different spices, and by far my favorites have been the apple pie spice and the cinnamon. I sprinkle the cinnamon on everything, but I especially love it on frozen blueberries. Penzey’s has about six different flavors of cinnamon! For the health benefits of cinnamon check out this post on Mark’s Daily Apple.