Friday, November 14, 2014

Cinnamon-Oat Crumble Stuffed Baked Apples

baking things inside of things.
Cinnamon-Oat Crumble
Stuffed Baked Apples.
again and again and again.

If I read (or consider writing) one more "tis the season" post I may vomit in protest. 
The seasons are changing, leaves are falling, it's cold all the time, we all get it. 
That being said... the "cooking things inside of other things" time of year is inevitably upon us. 
Most of these things inside of things fall into the traditionally squash-based category or the profoundly horrifying category (Turducken, anyone? Of course not, because it's fucking disgusting). 
Now I'm not much of a stuffed squash person and my views on the other thing should be abundantly clear, but there is something about the concept that feels kind of right. 
Putting foods inside of other foods seems appropriate as we're stuffing ourselves inside of long sleeve shirts inside of sweaters inside of coats. 
So bake this cinnamon-oat crumble inside of apples. 
It's like a winter coat for your insides. 
Plus it's a dessert you can eat for breakfast and we all need more of that in our lives these days.

soon to be much less colorful.


Cinnamon-Oat Crumble Stuffed Baked Apples
(serves 5-6)

5-6 medium sized apples* (I use a mix of macintosh and cortland)
*make sure the apples will fit tightly into your baking dish, I use a 9" square 
which fits 5-6 depending on their size
1/2c vegan butter
1/2c unrefined sugar
1/4c light brown sugar
1/4c whole wheat pastry flour
3/4c rolled oats
2tsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground sea salt
1tsp vanilla bean paste (extract will work, too)
1Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

*1/4c fresh cranberries, halved (optional)