Apples are at once ordinary and special. They’re the old reliable of fruit, the affordable staple that stores well through the winter. They’re not easily perishable and delicate like berries, and they don’t have the novelty of exotic tropical fruit. Yet in their simplicity apples are beautiful. Blushing skin encases firm yet juicy flesh. They’re not too sweet, not too tart. Plus, they’ve got personality: Apples are the one fruit you’ll find in a grocery store that comes in dozens of discernible varieties ranging in color, texture, and taste.
As a bite returns to the air and sweaters make their annual comeback, grab some apples, turn on the oven, and celebrate the return to all things comforting and sweet.
The Mindful Kitchen Recipe: Baked Cinnamon Apples
Core a few medium or large apples, leaving a little flesh at the bottom. Fill each apple with a tablespoon of butter, a few teaspoons of brown sugar, and a pinch cinnamon, and bake at 350° until the apples are tender and the sugar is bubbling, about 15 minutes.
You can throw a sprinkling of oats, raisins, or dried cranberries into the mix if you feel like it.
They don’t say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” for nothing. Apples help regulate blood sugar and are high in antioxidants. They’re also a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C.