Today is a take it easy kind of day. The kids are off to camp and won’t be home for days. That means I can take it easy on the cooking as well. Except when the husband demands for his own food cravings, then I’m on food patrol again. But I got none of those today. I opened up a food magazine and started reading on berries and get some chill time.
I wasn’t planning on doing some baking, but inspiration hit me with those berries. I figured I really can’t put down my chef’s hat just yet; well, not when my cooking instincts take over me. I would probably end up eating half of this dish myself before the kids could try it. Or, I might just make them a fresh batch. This one’s for the husband and I to enjoy tonight.
But before I go head into the kitchen to do the cooking, I want to share what I read about berries. I believe this is what would convince you to incorporate them more into your diet. It’s really good for the following reasons:
- Fresh or frozen berries are best. They don’t lose their nutritional value anyway you have it.
- When used in baking, it mixes well as a garnish in cakes, muffins and cookies.
- Berries are naturally high in Vitamin C and a rich source of antioxidants. On this case, more of it is better for the body.
- 4 large cooking apples, peeled and sliced or coarsely chopped
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups raspberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cold butter, cut in small pieces
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup sifted all-purpose flour
- dash salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2/3 cup quick cooking rolled oats
- Begin by preheating the oven to 325°F. Next, rub some butter on a 11 x 17 inch baking dish.
- In a separate bowl, mix together sliced apples, berries and granulated sugar. Give it a little toss. Add in some small pieces of cold butter. Pour this into the baking dish.
- Next, combine the brown sugar, flour, salt, baking soda and rolled oats with the melted butter. Toss this mixture and then sprinkle over evenly over the fruits.
- Take the baking dish into oven and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Check to see if the fruits are tender and the toppings turned brown.
- Best served straight out of the oven.