Tonawanda News

September 29, 2013

PINSPIRED: Baked apples in a bag a treat

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Pinterest is full of quick, easy one- or two-person meal or snack ideas to help make you feel like, even if you live alone or maybe don’t have a fully stocked kitchen, you can still have that brownie you’re craving, or a Rice Krispie treat.

Folks have fiddled around with and tweaked traditional recipes so you can have the ooey gooey delicious chocolate dessert without being afraid you might eat that entire batch of cookies or pan of brownies.

Most of these recipes are for desserts. A quick “for one” search on Pinterest pulled up apple crisp, bread pudding and peach cobbler for one recipes, and that’s just in the top row of pins alone.

And most of these recipes involve making desserts in a microwave, because it can’t just be convenient, it has to be quick and convenient.

Some of you may recall I tackled a brownie in a mug recipe a few months ago. It wasn’t awful, but I’ve certainly not made it again since then. And so it was with some trepidation I decided to try a recipe for baked apples — in a bag, in the microwave — for one.

But, you know what? Everything actually worked out OK. That is, aside from the moment I decided to put the jar of cinnamon back in its drawer sideways ... without a lid. 

The recipe for baked apples is so easy I don’t even have to look it up to transcribe below. Just make sure not to overdo it with the cinnamon like I did. One full teaspoon is way too much, though I suppose if you’re serving the apples over something like vanilla ice cream, it shouldn’t be too noticeable. 

Despite overdoing it on the cinnamon, these apples were everything baked apples should be. Just like the stuff they served at the cafeteria in elementary school. Just like the Boston Market apples I debate giving up a more savory side for each time I visit the eatery.

They’re perfect for that random weeknight sweet tooth craving that hits you when you’re already in your pajamas and not willing to head out to the grocery store for some Oreo’s.

Baked apples in a bag

1 peeled, cored and sliced apple, preferably a tart one like Granny Smith

1 tablespoon of white sugar or 1 packet of artificial sweetener

1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 tablespoon of water

Throw all the ingredients in a microwave-safe plastic baggy or a microwave-safe bowl. If using a baggy, make sure to leave a corner of it unsealed to let steam out.

Microwave for 2 minutes. Be careful handling the baggy because it will be hot.

Serve as is or over ice cream.

Contact Sunday Lifestyle editor Danielle Haynes at 693-1000, ext. 4116 or follow her on Twitter @DanielleHaynes1. Search for “Greater Niagara Newspapers” on Pinterest.

• WHAT: Baked apples in a bag • DIFFICULTY: Easy • TIME: 5 minutes • RESULT: Pin it!