Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Apple Crisp in One Minute or Sauteed Apples with Granola for Breakfast; What's In a Name?

 This is one of those odd little dishes that you could eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or snack.  I like it for breakfast, but also know it's sweet-fast conclusion to a filling supper.  It might fill the bill when you're desperate for dessert and all your time was spent at
  • the doctor's office, or
  • the car repair place, or
  • sitting at the airport, or
  • fuming at the traffic that never moved, or
  • work, reading a novel, playing the piano, talking to your best friend.
This is barely a recipe; it's just something I make.  But I thought it was worth the share.  Here's how:
Minnesota Honeycrisp Apples

(photo courtesy University of Minnesota Extension)

 one-minute apple crisp                one serving

  • Place 1/2 teaspoon cold butter in a large, microwave-safe coffee cup or ramekin.  Microwave  on high about 30 seconds or until the butter is softened, but not necessarily melted.  Brush part of the butter around the cup to grease it.  Put the brush, which will still have a little butter on it, aside briefly.
  • Slice a "cheek"--or two-- off a great big appleLiving in Minnesota, I'd recommend a Honeycrisp. 
  • Leaving the peel on, and using a sharp thin knife, slice that cheek into very thin slices, perhaps 10-12.  Place the apple slices in the cup and brush them around with the buttered brush, stirring. Top with 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, and, if you like it, a 1/2 teaspoon sugar.  (I don't use the sugar; it's fine either way.)
  • Sprinkle apples with 2 tablespoons good-quality granola.  (I like mine.)  Cover with a small, microwave-safe plate, and microwave at full power for one minute. Remove carefully from microwave, uncover, and eat while warm.

Solo Cook's Note:  You can add a little plain yogurt or, if you're feeling quite thin, a spoonful of whipped cream.

Have fun cooking and taking care of yourself,

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