Baked Apples a la Mode

This really is the dessert to end all fall desserts. It’s simple, delicious, and it gives you a break from pumpkin to celebrate the real hero of the season; APPLES!!! The end result is fairly similar to apple pie, minus the crust. Soo, it’s like a healthy alternative to pie a la mode, right?

The first thing you should know is that they aren’t REALLY baked, but “sauteed apples” just doesn’t sound as appealing. You could bake them and get the same effect, but you won’t want to wait that long to indulge, so sauteing is just the way to go.

You want to start by peeling your apples and slicing them fairly thin. Then coat them in the rum and toss into your pan with the butter. This gives the apples lots of moisture so they get nice and soft. And don’t worry about the rum, it will have enough time for the alcohol to cook off. It just adds a little *zing* to the apples… whatever that means.

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Let them bask in that goodness for about 2 minutes and add your vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon. The apples are sweet themselves, but the brown sugar caramelizes them and you get nice little syrup for your ice cream.

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One thing to note is that you want to be sure to continuously stir them. They will get pretty gooey and doing this will prevent them from sticking to the pan. But it only takes about 5 minutes for them to soften up, and the smell alone will make it hard to walk away, so it’s not completely painful.

When your apples are tender and still warm, scoop them right over top of your favorite ice cream. They will start to melt it and that will mix with the syrup and create a little bit of heaven right inside your bowl!

Remember, it’s “healthy;” don’t feel bad going back for seconds!

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Recipe

1 cup apples, peeled and sliced

1 tbsp spiced rum

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp brown sugar

Coat apples in rum before tossing into pan with melted butter. Cook for about 2 minutes.

Add vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon and mix well. Continuing stirring apples for about 5 minutes or until tender.

While still warm, spoon desired amount over your favorite ice cream!

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