Baked apples are familiar to many, but perhaps someone else has not tried this diet treat. Then this article is for you. Apples are a universal fruit, they can be enjoyed by everyone, both healthy and sick. They are especially helpful to the sick. Apples contain a huge amount of micro and macronutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Apples - a storehouse of iron, phosphorus, vitamins A, B and C. Due to their low calorie content, they are present in almost every diet. Baked apples are suitable for nursing mothers. A woman during lactation is strictly forbidden to use various sweets (candy, cookies, chocolate, etc.), and then an apple with sugar and cinnamon baked in foil comes to the rescue. Mom will be pleased with the eaten sweet, and the baby will not suffer from allergies.
It is in hot form that the value of the apple rises. Surprisingly, the baked apple is not at all inferior to the raw in the number of useful substances. The calorie level remains the same: 47 kcal per 100 g of product. This is not counting the fillings and additives. Honey or sugar will decently increase this level, but anyway, baked apples will be a head taller in utility than the same cookie.
Apple instead of pills
Apples in the raw form work like a brush for the intestines, and if you have problems with it, and you still want an apple, then bake it. Here are some useful properties of a baked apple:
- easily and quickly digested;
- has a beneficial effect on the immune system due to the large amount of vitamins;
- strengthens the walls of blood vessels, prevents the appearance of plaques;
- debugs the work of the gastrointestinal tract;
- fights infections with pectin;
- increases hemoglobin;
- smoothes wrinkles and prevents the appearance of new ones;
- prevents the occurrence of cancer.
The best varieties of apples
Going to the counter with fruit in the supermarket, you can see at least 5 varieties of apples and other products. How to choose an apple? To begin with, the apple must be firm. The harder it is, the less calories in it. Yes, and in a baked form, a solid apple is better than a soft one - from the latter you will get an unattractive gruel. Although for baby puree is the very thing.
Of all the apples worth paying attention to varieties:
- Granny Smith,
All these varieties are distinguished by their hardness, but they taste different. Red apples are less tasty. But green apples are great not only with sugar, but with goose or duck meat.
Little secrets of baked apples
- To keep the apples in color, you can smear them with lemon juice.
- Do not remove the skin before baking, it will easily come off when hot.
- In stuffed apples should be left room for future juice.
- When the apple is ready, the skin begins to burst on it.
How much to bake an apple
The baking time of apples depends on their size and density. For example, an average apple of medium hardness without filling will be baked for 25-30 minutes. Small apples (diameter not more than 7 centimeters) are baked for 20 minutes at 220 degrees, medium ones (diameter 7-10 centimeters) - 25 minutes at 200 degrees, and large ones (more than 10 centimeters) - 30 minutes at 180 degrees.
The temperature of roasting apples, as well as the time, depends on the size of the fruit. Your tastes can also affect, perhaps, you like slightly crunchy apples or, on the contrary, mashed up. All individually. For the usual cooking apples take 25 minutes and a temperature of 200 degrees.
An apple with a filling will be much tastier than usual, it is not a shame to treat guests with such dessert. The filling can be any, from simple filling of the core with honey to cottage cheese or berries. First, wash the apples and cut the core, starting with the stem, it is better to leave the bottom intact, so that the filling does not run away. Next, fill them with stuffing, but do not forget to leave room for future juice.
To prepare such an apple will be about 20 minutes at 200 degrees. This time is enough to bake both fruit and filling.
Baked apples can decorate not only your everyday life, but also a festive table. Apples with cottage cheese, cinnamon, raisins, honey or jam will look original and attractive, even sour cream will not spoil the dish.
Oven baked apples are not only very tasty, but also healthy. They can be quickly prepared at any time of the day without spending a lot of energy.