Hey y’all. Today we’re going to look at how to stew apples.

Since going on my ‘bridal diet’ or whatever you wanna call it, I’ve been trying to come up with some low-cal sweet treats I can still keep in my life without feeling too guilty. I’m also planning a huge dessert table for our engagement party in 1 month, so I will definitely need to be super-strict with my treats up until then cos it is going to be a super sweet (OK, calorific) affair. So excited! I have always wanted to do a dessert table πŸ™‚ It is gonna be off the hook.

These honey & cinnamon stewed apples are simply delectable. They’re also vegan* (note: not all vegans eat honey, but some choose to), low in sugar and sooooo versatile. Yes.. I think I’m in love.

Ingredients

  • Six apples (I used Royal Gala but you can use whatever you like. Since you’re not adding a great deal of sugar, it’s probably best to stick with sweeter apples, as opposed to Granny Smith apples)
  • 1 large tablespoon/dollop of honey (or 2-3 tbsp of brown sugar if you don’t want to use honey)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 3 capfuls (yes, that’s how I measure things) of vanilla essence
  • 1 cup of boiling water

Peel, core and chop apples and set aside. Heat a large, thick bottom pot with a fitted lid over high heat. Add apples to pot and dust with cinnamon.

Pour over hot water, add honey and vanilla, stir to combine.

Pop the lid on and leave to simmer for about 20 or so minutes on medium heat, or until apples are fully cooked (but still retain their shape). If you feel that it is a little watery, just add a little mixture of cornflour and water mixed together to thicken it. But whatever you do, do not drain that liquid away! It forms this wonderful cinnamon honey syrup that tastes oh-so fine.

Sure it ain’t as pretty as some other desserts – but it sure tastes reaaal good πŸ™‚ (and compared to the rest of my desserts, is probably waaay healthier, lol).

Here are a couple of things you could do with this super-deliciousness:

  • Blend for a delicious baby-food dessert, or as an apple sauce
  • Pop into a baked pie crust for a delectable apple pie
  • Pop into a greased baking dish & cover with a mixture of oats, flour, butter and sugar for a perfect apple crisp
  • Layer between cake batter for apple cake
  • Warmed, with a big dollop of vanilla bean Greek yoghurt (I am loving the black swan brand at the moment)
  • Makes a mean smoothie + aforementioned vanilla bean Greek yoghurt + soy (or regular) milk. I bet a banana wouldn’t go astray in there either…
  • OR, do what I do and pop it on your morning breakfast cereal. I betcha it would go great on French toast too.

So dear readers, how was your weekend? I spent it watching terrible movies. I watched Agent Cody Banks (epic cliche), Sex in the City 2 (awful, just so awful. Kind of ruined the characters and the series for me – each line and joke was soo contrived in a false attempt to be charming but just came out… grating and irritating. Even 99% of the fashion was hideous) and Burlesque (Christina needed about twenty thousand years of acting classes before she took that movie. Dang, girl).

xx

Christine

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