Friday, April 17, 2009

baked apples with streusel topping

We had these for breakfast this morning. They were so easy, and tasted like an apple pie, minus the pie crust, of course. I do have a recipe for whole apples, filled in the center with spices and other goodies and then wrapped in pie crust. So it's like an apple pie ball. Those are on my list of things to try.

Baked Apples with Streusel Topping

4 golden delicious apples, cut in half lengthwise
2 cups Honey Bunches of Oats cereal
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened
whipping cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13X9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Remove core and seeds from each apple half. Place cut-side down in prepared pan. Spray apples with cooking spray. Bake 10 minutes or until apples are partially tender when pierced with a fork. I like mine more tender so I did 15 minutes. While the apples are cooking, combine cereal, sugar, flour and cinnamon in bowl. Cut in butter until mixture forms crumbs. I use a fork and just mash it until the desired consistency. Set aside. Turn apples cut-side up in pan. Divide cereal mixture over apples and pat down gently. Bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender. Cool 5 minutes in pan on wire rack. Serve warm with whipped topping.

Makes 8 servings. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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