Remember those packets of Quaker Instant Oatmeal, the Apples & Cinnamon flavor? Well, this is kinda like that. Except that it is so. much. better.
Not only does it taste fantastic, it also makes your house smell like apple pie. Which, according to Joy, smells exactly like heaven. Now, I don’t know what heaven smells like, but I don’t think anyone would complain if it smelled like these super simple roasted apples. Well, at least I wouldn’t.
I ate mine over steel cut oatmeal which worked out perfectly because the apples roasted while the oatmeal simmered and they were both done at the exact same time. And – bonus – they can be made ahead then re-warmed in a skillet. So, if you only have a few minutes for breakfast, this can actually work.
Or, if you’re having guests for dinner, well, you can make them ahead of time to serve over vanilla ice cream for dessert. But if I were you, I would roast them while your guests are enjoying dinner because the smell of these cooking is, as I mentioned earlier, heavenly.
Yield: 2-3 servings
2 apples, peeled and sliced thin (I used one Honeycrisp & one Granny Smith)
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoons cornstarch
sprinkling of ground all spice
pinch of salt
1 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
Ice Cream or Oatmeal, for serving
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread sliced apples across the baking sheet. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch, all spice, and salt. Toss with fingers. Top with cubes of butter and bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until golden and bubbly to your desired doneness. Remove from oven. Allow to cool slightly and serve on top of ice cream or oatmeal. Store in an airtight container for up to up to 3 days. Reheat in a small pan over low heat on the stovetop.
Source: adapted (only in regard to the kind of apples I used) from Joy the Baker