For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to travel. There was something about exploring the world that fascinated me, even as a little girl. I had a notebook that I kept at my grandma’s house where I’d write out all of my plans. I wanted to go on a honeymoon to Europe. I thought about going to school there too, but then I heard that it was old and smelly, so I decided against it.
I was fortunate enough to be able to travel around the country when I was in high school, and I even got to take a trip to Costa Rica after graduation, but in college I decided that I wanted to take the plunge – living and studying abroad.
I was ridiculously nervous as I got on a plane and flew across the ocean to a place that I’d never seen, to live with people I’d never met. My luggage was lost. My cellphone didn’t work like it was supposed to, and I was miserable when I first arrived. Somehow, slowly but surely, I got used to it. And I can truly say that my semester abroad was the best time of my life.
One of my FAVORITE dishes was manzanas asadas, or baked apples. It is simple and easy to make, but the end result is delicious and just thinking about it brings me back to the kitchen table in Madrid.
Manzanas Asadas (Baked apples)
Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 Minutes
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp buttery spread (I used Smart Balance)
A pinch of cinnamon
A pinch of vanilla extract
Here’s how you’ll make it:
1. Peel and core the apples
2. Cover the bottom of a small (microwave safe) baking dish with water and put the apples in the dish
3. Put about 1/4 tablespoon of sugar inside each apple
4. Put 1/4 tsp of buttery spread, a pinch of cinnamon, and a pinch of vanilla extract inside each apple
5. Drizzle the rest of the sugar on top of the apples
6. Microwave for 10-15 minutes or until the apples are soft and juicy. You should be able to cut the apples in half with a spoon.
Don’t forget your nata (whipped cream). Literally the best part.
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