Baking, frying and microwaving are a few ways to cook apples. Baking requires the longest time, but is a healthier alternative for an apple-based dessert or side dish than frying. Microwaving apples is the most convenient option, taking only minutes to prepare and cook, without peeling or chopping.
To make baked apples with cinnamon for four, toss 2 pounds of cored and chopped apples with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, the juice of 1 lemon and 1/3 cup of brown sugar in a baking dish. Stir occasionally for 30 minutes until soft and juicy, and serve with ice cream for dessert, or as a side dish with roasted meat.
Breakfast or dessert fried apples require 3 medium tart apples, 3 tablespoons of butter and 1/3 cup of sugar. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, add the apples, and then cover and cook for five minutes. Sprinkle the sugar on the apples, reduce the heat to low, cover, and then cook for five more minutes. Uncover, cook for two to three minutes, and then sprinkle with more sugar to taste.
To microwave apples, core 3 apples and slice off the top half-inch. In the core, place raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter, and pack it down. Microwave the apples in a dish with 3/4 cup of water, loosely covered with plastic wrap, for five to six minutes.