College Cooking: Easy, Affordable, and Quick Sweet Apple Snack

Happy Wednesday guys! I have decided to share a delicious recipe with you guys! Because I am living in a flat here in England, I am not on a meal plan at the school. Therefore, I have to cook for myself. On Sunday, I tweeted that I couldn’t stop snacking and that I really wanted to bake. Well, I didn’t end up baking, but I ended up being very crafty in the kitchen in order to create a delicious mid-afternoon snack. It’s even kind of healthy.

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So let’s begin! Here’s what you’ll need:

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Pick an apple, any apple. This is an Estival apple, a variety that is typically grown in France, but I was able to get mine at a Farmer’s Market. It is not quite as tart as a Granny Smith, but it is just as crisp. However, you can use whatever type of apple you would like. We aren’t baking the apple, so make sure the texture is something you like. For example, I would stay away from Golden Delicious because I don’t like the soft texture of the raw apple. Anyway, I digress.

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You’ll also need butter. I prefer salted butter, but unsalted is cool, too. Whatever you have.  You’ll also need brown sugar. I prefer dark brown sugar, but I could only find light, so that is what I’m going to use. 😛

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Some optional ingredients are chili powder and granola. If you have the chili powder, use it. You’ll thank me. However, the recipe isn’t going to not work if you don’t have it. You could also use paprika or finely ground black pepper if you prefer. The granola is an optional topping.

Onto the actual “cooking:”

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The first step is to cut up the apple into slices. Make sure you discard the core and any bruises. Put it into a separate container, not the bowl that you’ll be eating out of.

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Next, melt a pat of butter in the microwave. Use the bowl that you are going to eat out of (make sure it is microwave safe, though). You don’t need too much. I used about a teaspoon, but you can adjust to your own preferences.

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Next, add in some brown sugar and chili powder (or your spice of choice). You want to use a teaspoon to two teaspoons of brown sugar and only a pinch of chili powder. Don’t overdo it on the chili powder. We’re going for subtle here. 🙂

Next, mix it together. It should be pretty thick. If it is too runny, add a bit more sugar. If it is too thick, add a bit more butter and pop in the microwave for only a few seconds. Taste test. Remember that this will be sweet, but the chili powder will give it a bit of depth.

Add in the apples and toss. Voila. You have your delicious snack/dessert. The apples stay crisp but they get a bit warm thanks to the warm butter. The sugar and chili powder work really well with the apple, giving it a new complexity. Basically, it is delicious. 😀

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So there you have it. Very simple, right? You can top it with granola if you like, but I didn’t care for that as much. I liked the plain apples. 🙂 If you end up trying this out, leave me a comment or tweet me a picture (@sarasbeautyblog).

Ingredients:
1 apple (any variety)
1 teaspoon butter
1-2 teaspoons brown sugar
pinch of chili powder (optional)
granola (optional)

Directions:
1. Slice apple, discarding the core and bruised portions. Set aside.
2. In a microwave safe bowl (the one you’ll eat out of), melt the butter in the microwave.
3. Add the sugar and chili powder. Stir. Test for seasoning.
4. Add the apple slices and toss!
5. Enjoy!

I bought everything myself. I’m not getting paid for this post. All opinions are my own.

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4 Responses to College Cooking: Easy, Affordable, and Quick Sweet Apple Snack

  1. Sounds interesting. I will try this later tonight after work.

    • Sara says:

      Oh, did you try it? What did you think? 🙂

      • Yes!!! I used a granny smith apple with dark brown sugar with real melted butter. I know it’s bad but I’m underweight anyways. Lol. I also used powdered sugar sprinkled on top. Confectioner’s sugar that’s what its called. It was delicious but the chili really makes it not so sweet which is great. It was salty a bit spicy and sweet. I never had anything quite like it. I might bake it into a pie! Thanks for sharing!!!

      • Sara says:

        Yay! I’m so glad you liked it!! 😀 You have no idea how big I’m smiling right now! Don’t worry about using real butter and sugar. It’s all about moderation. A little bit won’t hurt you. 🙂 I think that would be fabulous in a pie! So glad you like it!! 😀 😀

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