Eyes are bigger than stomachs. It’s a scientific fact, or at least it’s a family dinner overindulgence ohmygod I can’t eat another bite but I’m going to anyway fact. We sit down to share a meal, vowing to watch our portion sizes so that we can enjoy all the dishes, rich with carefully combined flavours, but it’s one more bite of this and another taste of that and then BAM! dessert arrives. Good luck finding room for Great Aunt Felicity’s apple pie now.
Am I right?
Nobody’s claiming this is a zero calorie version of dessert; I’d never make you eat zero calories anything because I’m not heartless and I want you to enjoy the foods you eat. Good food has calories. That’s another scientific fact. Plus, life is too short to over-analyze everything that passes our lips, except for cheap wine and fake cheese. Please analyze that.
With an inside-out baked apple crumble the focus is the fruit instead of the buttery pastry, but with just the right amount of crumble to keep the recipe firmly planted on the dessert side of the scale and not simply a fruit serving. There’s only so far we can be pushed to observe Canada’s food guide. As a bonus this dessert is super easy to prepare and bakes while you’re enjoying dinner.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Wash the apples, cut the tops off, and core them.
Cut a wedge of apple from part of the cored portion to close the hole in the bottom of the apple. Set aside the top hat.
Melt the butter for 20-30 seconds in the microwave. Combine the melted butter with the brown sugar and mix well, using a fork.
Add the rolled oats and vanilla and stir until all ingredients are blended.
Fill each cored-out apple with the crumble mixture and cover with the apple top hat.
Bake on the middle rack at 350F for 45-50 minutes. The apples should be soft enough to scoop with a spoon and the crumble bubbly.
Serve on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Makes 12 portions.
The apple train is leaving the stations, folks, but just in case you missed it…there was caramelized apple cake and vanilla apple jam and slow cooker applesauce. It's been crazy apple town around here and I can't say I'm sorry.