Over A Cup of Coffee: Evelyn Ott's baked apples a delicious recipe

Diane Prather

Diane Prather's columns appear in the Craig Daily Press and Saturday Morning Press. You can call her at 824-8809.

Baked Apples

• Core 6 apples (any good baking variety), and pare a strip around the top of each.

• Place the apples in a crock pot sprayed with cooking spray.

• Generously stuff each apple with alternating layers of raisins and chopped walnuts.

• Combine in a small saucepan the following: 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.

• Bring the mixture to a boil and pour it over the apples.

• Cook on low setting for approximately 3 hours, depending on your crock pot, basting occasionally.

• Serve warm with thick cream or ice cream.

- Recipe submitted by Evelyn Ott, of Craig

This morning, over a cup of coffee, I checked out my calendar and discovered that, incredibly, October is nearly half over.

So far, our family has brought the cows home from summer pasture. We've put away the garden hoses, and Lyle has dug the garden onions and set them out to dry.

We haven't harvested the carrots or potatoes yet, but if the weather holds, that will probably happen by the weekend.

Now that the weather has turned cooler, we're looking forward to the delicious "smells" of cooking foods.

Imagine coming home and being greeted to scents of cinnamon and nutmeg, simmering soups, and baking breads.

This week's recipe for "Baked Apples" is bound to fill the house with spicy scents. Evelyn Ott, of rural Craig, sent me the recipe.

With all the fall work, I haven't had the time to try Evelyn's recipe, but she's a great cook so I know the apples are bound to be delicious.

Evelyn wrote, "I like to cook the apples in the crock pot as it frees up my oven. Also, the apples can be held on the warm setting until serving time."

She added that the oven also could be used (instead of the crock pot) for the apples, but she's not sure for how long or at what temperature.

To make Evelyn's "Baked Apples," you'll need: 6 apples (any good baking variety), raisins, coarsely chopped walnuts, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.

Core the apples and pare a strip around the top of each. Place the apples in a crock pot sprayed with cooking spray. Generously stuff each apple with alternating layers of raisins and coarsely chopped walnuts. Evelyn said that she packs them fairly firmly.

Then, combine in a small saucepan the brown sugar, water, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Bring the mixture to a boil and pour over the apples.

Cook on low setting of the crock pot for approximately 3 hours, depending on your crock pot.

Baste occasionally.

Serve warm with thick cream or ice cream. Enjoy!

Doesn't this sound wonderful? Thanks, Evelyn!

I've had some requests for "Apple Crisp" recipes.

If you have recipes you'd like to share, write to me at Box 415, Craig 81626. I'm waiting to hear from you.

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