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Bake Those Apples [Fierce Foodie]

I think one of the main struggles of being human is self-acceptance.  For a long time I wanted to believe that I am not a naturally lazy person who, like a cat, would prefer in general to spend eighteen straight hours in bed or staring out a window. I wanted to believe that I might learn to make a gorgeous fruit and crème tart, knit a scarf or change the oil in my car. Heck, I thought I might even bake bread some day. But as it turns out, I am not that person. I think that the only activity in which I can accept tedious practice and prolonged delayed gratification may be writing.

So instead of a carefully detailed recipe for apple pie, I give you baked apples.  And baked in the microwave, no less!  With only three other ingredients!  Can it get any easier?  The bonus is that this recipe is also far healthier than your typical butter and sugar filled pie.  And you may even be saving energy by not using the oven.  I’m not really sure because that sort of information falls into the realm of things I am too lazy to research…is that my bed calling?

Raisin-Filled Baked Apple
Courtesy of Fat Free Vegan

1 medium apple

1 Tbsp raisins


2 tsp maple syrup (or other sweetener)

Place raisins in a heat-proof bowl and pour boiling water over them. Allow them to soak until plump and remain in soaking liquid until ready to use.

Wash an apple and remove most of the core, leaving about 1/4-inch of core at the bottom of the apple. Remove a thin strip of peel from around the top of the cavity. Place the apple into a deep microwave-safe baking dish or bowl. Sprinkle the inside with a little cinnamon and fill with drained raisins. Pour a teaspoon of the soaking water over the raisins and drizzle the syrup over the raisins and top of the apple.

Microwave, uncovered, on high power until apple is tender, 3-5 minutes, testing with a fork after 3 minutes.  Allow apple to cool for 5 minutes before serving, as the inside will be very hot. (To cook more than one apple at a time, increase the cooking time by about 1 minute per extra apple.)

featured image credit: lar-f

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