At the time of this writing, only 9 days remain before Valentine’s Day. One of the ways some people choose to acknowledge their sweetheart on this occasion is to create a sweet treat for them. Of course, there is always chocolate. You cannot go wrong with chocolate, but I have a belief that going a few extra steps makes that special person know that even they are sweeter than chocolate in your mind and heart.
Before we go any further, and in case you are new to this Squeezo segment, the customary reminder is in order: No matter how you intend to serve it, when making applesauce, try using two or three varieties of apples for a richer flavor.
Here are some helpful guidelines: McIntosh for pink color, Northern Spike for aroma, Delicious for mild flavor, Russet for juice and sugar, Cortland for sweetness, Gravenstein for richness, Rome for fragrance or Winesap for tartness.
Not everyone is a great chef and who says only complex recipes are worthy of our time and love. It is often the simple things that matter most, like a simple dessert you can easily duplicate over time on those special occasions when you want to remember a special moment. Shall we begin? Gather your ingredients. This will make a generous portion for two, with leftovers to indulge a second time if you wish.
2 cups granola
1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp cinnamon
Place alternate layers of granola and applesauce into a buttered baking dish, ending with granola. Dot with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Serve with whipped cream…
… Better yet, skip the whipped cream and decorate with semi-sweet chocolate shavings and fresh sliced apple, or serve in a bowl atop a saucer and add a few random candy hearts or chocolate kisses around the bowl. Enjoy!
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