Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Delicious WW Dessert - Baked Apples with Caramel Sauce

This is a total winner. I would make it each and every day if I could. It is sweet and satisfying and filling yet healthy, that ever elusive combination in desserts.

I suppose the only way to make it more perfect would be to some how to add chocolate to the dish. Now, I know, you don't have to tell me, chocolate is not particularly dietetic. But a woman can dream can't she?

And the leftover caramel sauce is great over low fat vanilla ice cream.

Weight Watchers Baked Apples with Caramel Sauce (3 points)
(Source: WW New Complete Cookbook page 390)
24 Apricot halves, chopped
4 teaspoons packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 small apples, cored (we used gala apples since they were on sale)

Caramel Sauce
1/2 cup evaporated fat-free milk
4 teaspoons packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon corn starch
pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine chopped apricots, brown sugar and vanilla in a small bowl.
Place each cored apple onto individual pieces of aluminum foil.
Stuff apricot mixture into the cavities.
Wrap apples tightly and place into a square baking pan (to catch any drips).
Place baking pan into oven and bake for 40-45 minutes (or until apples are soft)

Place a small saucepan on medium heat.
Combine 1/4 cup of the evaporated milk, brown sugar cornstarch and salt in the saucepan.
Stirring until ingredients are melted and smooth.
Add remaining milk.
Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low.
Continue stirring for one to two minutes.
Turn off heat and add vanilla, stirring to completely incorporate.

Once apples are cooked, remove from the foil, place in a small bowl and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of caramel sauce.

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