It’s a great time of year to eat apples and pears

I’ve made this recipe a couple of times – baked apples and pears with an oatmeal and almond crumble topping.  It’s easier than a crumble and you probably get more fruit.  Let me know if you like it.

Baked Pears & Apples
Pre-heat oven to 350 F

Step 1
2 -3 apples cut in half & cored
2 – 3 pears cut in half & cored
               (cut out enough fruit so there is room for filling)
Place fruit on cookie sheet cut side up (line with parchment paper for easy clean-up)*cut a slice off bottom of fruit so that it will stay standing upright

Step 2
Melt ¼ cup melted butter
Brush some melted butter over tops of fruit

Step 3
Filling
1 cup regular oatmeal
1/3 cup light brown sugar (do not pack down)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup slice almonds  

Mix all dry ingredients then mix in remainder of melted butter.  Spoon filling into fruit and lightly press down.

Bake at 350 F for 20 – 30 minutes (riper fruit will cook faster).  You may need to cover with foil for last 10 minutes to prevent topping from getting too brown or burning.  Test for doneness with a fork – fruit should soft but firm.

To serve:  drizzle with honey or maple syrup and put a dollop of yogurt, whipped cream or ice cream.  Reheat leftovers in toaster over or microwave.

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