I spent every summer of my life growing up in Iowa.
My grandparents lived on a farm there, and every summer I would spend at least a week on their farm. I had two favorite parts: 1) Pasquale's pizza, and 2) apple picking.
We would visit the orchard every summer, and I would always leave with a bag full of apples, some sort of stick caramel goodness and some fudge. This summer, I couldn't make it back, but my mom shipped me a package of all of my favorite things, including the best. apples. ever.
I whipped up this cinnamon apple concoction the other day to put on top of pancakes (um, yum!) and then we had leftovers that we mixed with vanilla ice cream the next day. Here's my recipe:
Peel and slice 6 apples. Mix equal parts brown sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Mix together and mix in with the apples. Put into a baking dish with a few tablespoons of diced butter. Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, pour in a few tablespoons of water and mix in. Cook for another 15 minutes, then take out, let cool a bit, and serve hot.
My favorite ways to serve these are by themselves (seriously delish), with oatmeal, on top of pancakes or with ice cream. After 45 minutes in the oven, they're the perfect mixture of crisp and mushy. Bon appetit!