It’s the May 24 weekend. My friends are all out of town camping. I am babysitting a friend’s cats and helping maintain his house. After doing all of the kitty chores, I pace back and forth desperately looking for something do to. I sit at the table and stare at the 12 apples my housemate gave me before I moved temporarily to this location.
I recently discovered that I am allergic to apples, so I looked at them sadly for a while. Until I remembered a very important fact: I can eat cooked apples. I also did a Google search on OAS (oral allergy syndrome) which concluded that some people are allergic to pollen on raw fruits such as apples, cherries and certain nuts like almonds.
Now I know what to do! Let’s bake these shiny fruits!
Here is a list of things you will need in order to make this scrumptious dish:
1 Pyrex cooking sheet (big enough for your apples)
Approximately 6 apples. (I jam packed 12 of them in the pyrex dish and it took forever to bake! I think I have enough to feed a small village!)
1 apple core cutty thing. (Or a paring knife if you are skilled with knives. If you are clumsy like I am, get yourself a core cutter.)
1 cutting board
1 plate, or any vessel to keep your cut up apple pieces
1 or 2 packets of blueberries (depending on your apple ratio, or your your taste in blueberries)
Cinnamon (Lots of it! Almost one truckload!)
Brown sugar (Optional, if you enjoy sweets.)
Margarine or butter. (Whatever you fancy, fancy pants)
A Strainer (to wash your blueberries)
A beverage of your choice to keep you company between each step (It could be beer, coffee, tea, whiskey, Pepsi.Whatever floats your boat)
And now for Directions!
Step 1: Grease your Pyrex dish with butter or margarine
Step 2: Put your blueberries in a strainer and rinse them well in water.
Step 3: Take the core out of your apples and slice them into thin slices. You can peel the apple if you aren’t as lazy as I am. You do you. (I have a confession to make… I can’t peel apples…Don’t judge me, okay?)
Step 4: Preheat your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. (This should be the first step, however it is here because I usually remember to turn on the oven at the last minute.)
Step 5: Place one layer of apple slices, followed by one layer of blueberries and a layer of cinnamon (and brown sugar for all you sweet-tooths…. Would the plural be sweet-teeth? I’m asking for a friend.) You should also add a few globs of butter or margarine between layers.
Step 6: Rinse and repeat until you run out of stuff to fill your Pyrex dish with.
Step 7: Add a little bit of water to your apples.
Step 8: Place your wonderful creation in the oven. Stir your apples around every 15 minutes or so until they are all cooked. It took over an hour for my 12 apples to bake, therefore less apples might take less time to bake. Don’t quote me on that one. Just check in on them once in a while. Be sure not to get distracted and burn them. (I set timers now thanks to the chicken finger incident. R.I.P. you beautiful burnt souls…)
Step 9: Have another beverage of your choice. You are going to be waiting a while. Find yourself something to do while you wait. You can meditate, do yoga, watch cartoons, draw, colour, play with your cats, or have a dance party in your very own kitchen. (Don’t take a nap though. You’d be falling into dangerous waters. Unless, of course, you like to live dangerously.)
Step 10: Take your wonderful smelling masterpiece out of the oven and give yourself a generous portion. You deserve it. You worked hard for this moment.
Step 11: Savour every last bite until your stomach is on the verge of exploding.
Well, that’s it for now. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did. Happy baking!~