You may have fond memories of eating warm and tender apple slices for dessert at your grandmother's house as a child or of having them as side dish that your mother served with pork chops. You can create your own version of this classic fruit dish for your kids quickly in the microwave rather than in the oven or on the stove top.
1 Select a variety of cooking apples. Such apples have a distinct tartness that mellows out after cooking and a firm flesh that holds up well when heated. Types of cooking apples include Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Cortland and Jonagold.
2 Peel, core and slice up your apples with a sharp paring knife or an apple slicer. You also may leave on the skin for added texture and taste. Place the slices in a microwave-safe bowl.
3 Sprinkle on flavorings and add sweetener to the apples. Cinnamon and sugar are used frequently to flavor cooked apple slices, but you can get more creative by using ingredients such as clove, nutmeg, vanilla extract, brown sugar, maple syrup or honey. Add a dash of cayenne pepper to give the apples a spicy kick.
4 Place the bowl in the microwave, covered tightly with plastic wrap, and cook the apples on high until they are hot and tender. The cooking time depends on the amount of apples and the wattage of your microwave, but 1 pound of sliced apples should be tender in about 2 1/2 minutes.
Items you will need
- Cooking apples
- Paring knife
- Apple slicer
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Flavorings to taste
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