Dessert for Dinner… Bad

Dinner turned out to be something completely different than anticipated today. My fault really. The first mistake was thinking Sean would be home much sooner than he was; my second mistake was thinking these apples would take an hour.

The meal plan was grilled pork chops with a side of baby bok choy, and dessert would be these tasty looking baked apples I recently found in a cookbook. We don’t normally have dessert, but I have been thinking about these apples for days so I wanted to try it out.

My vision was that I would prepare the apples and Sean would be home about the time I put them in the oven, then I could start dinner and the apples would be done about the time we finished eating. How it actually turned out was that I was pulling the apples out of the oven as Sean walked in the door.

These apples are best eaten hot, so I decided to just go ahead and eat an apple then cook the pork. Ugh. Apparently we are too old to eat a mound of apples, sugar, and ice cream for dinner. We just finished and now we are both too full to even think about dinner. I feel kind of sick actually. But it was damned tasty!

I think I will make these again, but next time it will only be one apple for the both of us to share. And it will be cooked after dinner.

Recipe Info: Cinnamon Apples, from Le Creuset’s ‘Mini-Cocotte’ cookbook. Golden delicious apples are cored, then filled with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg before baking. More of the sugar & spice mixture is simmered with maple syrup, which is then spooned over the baked apples before serving.