It’s just the husband and I for dinner and dessert tonight, so I need to be creative when cooking at times. I love cooking and baking, but let’s be honest, leftovers are only cute once, maybe twice after the initial bite. Large portions of dessert are challenging because, well, if sweets are left in this house, they will be consumed by me; and my waistline would start to resent that.
I’ve been scouring the net for single serving portions of desserts. I’ve stumbled on some interesting ideas. Once, I found a single serving cake in a mug, but it turned out to be a complete failure. It was absolutely disgusting. I guess cake is designed to be made in all of its full serving glory.
Last week, while planning dinner, I decided that I needed a recipe to use up the last two granny smith apples that I had in the fridge. My husband loves apple crisp. In fact it’s his signature dessert and highly requested when we have folks over. But since it was just the two of us, I decided to try a recipe I found here and test it out. I made a few modifications, but in essence kept the same script. Here are the ingredients and what I did.
Ingredients for 2 Servings:
– 2 apples, peeled and thinly sliced – I used Granny Smith
– 4 tablespoons brown sugar – not packed, loose tablespoons
– 4 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
– 2 tablespoons flour
– 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
– 2 tablespoons butter
1. Peel apples and slice into cubes. Put in separate bowl and cover with 1 tsp of lemon juice and sprinkle ½ tsp of cinnamon.
2. Make sure butter is at room temp and soft, not melted. Combine with oats, brown sugar cinnamon and flour.
3. Transfer apples to ramekins and cover with oats mixture. Be sure to cover completely with mixture.
4. Bake at 375°F for about 15-20 minutes.
5. Turn broiler on for about 5 minutes until mixture is bubbly (OPTIONAL).
The baking time will depend on your oven. So be sure to watch it. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a proper picture, but trust me it was delicious! Honestly, the end result was delightful. The dessert was the perfect size for just the two of us and I’m sure this will definitely be a go-to dessert in the future!
If you need some ideas for the main course that will work well with this dessert, have a look at this recipe for balsamic chicken strips with tomato. I’m quite confident that the 2 dishes will work well together.