I’ve got another confession to make. I love watching celebrity trainwrecks. There, I said it…it’s out in the open and you know what – I don’t care who knows. A lot of times when you fill out forms, you get asked about your hobbies (okay, not on your tax forms or the never ending reams of paperwork at your doctor’s office). I always feel kind of stupid because I don’t really have hobbies that are appropriate for that line. I collect (and drink) wine, which technically is a legitimate hobby, but it just sounds kind of wrong a lot of the time. Almost like saying that smoking pot is your hobby. But my other hobby is tracking celebrity trainwrecks. Because of the proliferation of sites like Perez Hilton, TMZ and E Online, I almost feel like this could freely and legitimately be a hobby that to be put on one of those forms.
My all-time favorite trainwreck is Lindsay Lohan. That girl is like the trifecta of damaged: wacked out parents (so she’s got mommy AND daddy issues), drugs and alcohol addiction and body image issues. Yeah, I get it. It’s not very nice to exploit others and their weaknesses. But you know what? On days that I feel like crap, it’s quite the mood booster to see what dumb thing she’s done lately. Besides, when you go out in public looking like this, you’re pretty much asking for it. The only way she could look worse is by….wait…she pretty much couldn’t look worse than she does in this picture.
Let’s address the fact that Ms. Thing isn’t wearing a bra while wearing a satiny blouse (forget the fact that it’s too small for her ginormous fun bags). I’m all for letting the girls have their breathing room. Who among us has not gone out in public sans over the shoulder boulder holder? But if she had just worn a bikini she would look like less of an attention whore than she does here.
Something that’s a little more “old fashioned” and down to Earth than Lindsay Lohan is a warm and comforting baked apples recipe.
What is it about the smell of baked apples and cinnamon that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? It’s more intense than even the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. There’s just something about apple desserts that are so comforting, even when they’re cold apple desserts. Is it because when we’re babies, one of the first “grown up” foods we usually eat is applesauce? I don’t know, but I love the feeling I get when I smell and eat apples.
If you thought wonton wrappers were just for making wontons….boy were you wrong. I turned them into cups for a bite sized version of baked apples and cinnamon syrup. This dessert is perfect for a large party (since everyone can take one or two of them) or for an intimate dinner where placing three of them on a plate makes a pretty statement.
I used an apple called Crimson Gold for this bite sized baked apple recipe. They’re only about 2 inches around (slightly larger than crab apples). They’ve got a great sweet tart flavor that stays strong even once they’re baked. If you can’t find this variety of apple where you are don’t worry about it. You can still make this bite sized apple dessert by chopping up larger varieties.
Sometimes it’s easier to say things to your significant other in writing, instead of face to face.
You know how you like to say “it’s not going to suck itself?” Well, I have decided to adopt that same philosophy to cleaning the house, going to the grocery store and making you dinner.
Recipe: Bite Size Baked Apples
- 8 Wonton Skins
- 8 Crimson Gold Apples (cored)
- 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla
- Tiny Pinch of Kosher or Sea Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Dried Cherries or Cranberries (chopped to small pieces)
- 2 Tablespoons Pecans (chopped to small pieces)
- Spray Oil
- Plain Yogurt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
- In a small bowl mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt until well combined.
- Oil 8 spaces of a regular size cupcake pan, but alternate the cups (don’t oil the cups next to each other).
- Lay 1 wonton skin in each of the cups. Make sure that it’s flat on the bottom, touches the sides and that the tips extend beyond the top of the cup.
- Place one apple in the center of each cup.
- Put 1/4 teaspoon butter in the center of each apple (push it down as far as you can with your finger or use a chopstick).
- Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of the sugar mixture into the center of each of the apples.
- Add dried fruit and nuts to each cup. Sprinkle them on top of the apple, but don’t worry if they fall down the sides.
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until the corners of the wontons are browned.
- Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
- Top with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg.
- If you have any leftover fig simple syrup, you could put a pool of that on the plate and set the baked apples in the syrup.
If using regular sized apples simply dice up one or two (depending on their size). Instead of placing one apple in each cup, add 1 tablespoon of the chopped apples to a cup and proceed as directed. This recipe can be doubled or tripled as needed.
Preparation time: 20 minute(s)
Cooking time: 15 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (General)