When it comes to food, occasions like Valentine’s day can present a real dilemma. You have two options – either brave the crowds and head out for dinner, in which case the long waits and overpriced menus are sure to kill the romance. Alternatively, you can slave over the stove to churn out a memorable meal, at the end of which endeavor, you are left with barely enough energy to be civil through the meal, much less contemplate the subsequent....clean-up ;)
So, as an alternative, I like to save my eating out on such occasions for the following weekend, and focus my dinner efforts on creating a memorable dessert -- preferably one that doesn’t require a whole lot of hands-on time. That way, even if you’re eating leftovers for dinner, you can still end your meal on a sweet note. This recipe for Baked Apples fits all the criteria for a quick and memorable weeknight dessert. It’s a breeze to make, cutting your time in the kitchen and freeing it up for lots more romance.
Happy Valentine’s Day, my dear readers!
4 large baking apples, such as Jonagold or Golden Delicious
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp butter
Core apples and peel (optional)
Mix other ingredients together in a bowl and stuff into apple core
Place in a shallow baking dish
Pour enough water into dish to just cover the bottom
Bake at 350 deg F, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork
Baste occasionally with juices in the baking dish
Serve warm with vanilla ice-cream