A dish that is easy and cheap to bring to a pot luck, or just a different side dish for dinner, baked apples add a great spin to any get together. Baked apples are easy to prepare, and many college students already have the inexpensive ingredients. As an added bonus, they turn out to be delicious. Granny Smith and Fiji apples cook up really well since they are still in season, and they are pretty cheap. Plus, if you are really short on money, the mystery apples from Slate are great for cooking too. The result is great on its own and made even better when served with some vanilla ice cream.
4 tablespoons of butter
¼ cup brown of sugar
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and cut the apples into slices, aiming for 8 or more from each apple.
Melt the butter until it is completely liquefied, then combine the liquid with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Once the solution is thoroughly mixed, use half of the butter mixture to coat the bottom of a cookie sheet. This also works fine in a brownie pan, anything with edges high enough to hold in a little butter.
Next, try to arrange the apple slices in a single layer on the pan, and pour the remaining butter solution evenly over the apples. Feel free to use more butter and add the same ratio of sugar to cinnamon to get everything well covered.
Put them in the oven for 20 minutes, and keep adding 5 minute intervals until they are as soft or as firm as necessary.