Just let me guess. You're busy, tired and a little bit cold. Fall isn't just 'in the air' anymore, it's here and it's a little bit more chilly than you were anticipating. That's how it is here in Beijing. Summer's over, we get a few weeks of post-hot weather and then - boom, it's cold and colder.
Of course, there are some fantastic solutions to being cold: warm food, for one. But you're tired... and busy. Here's my solution: fast, easy, warm and comforting food, in the form of a personal pan apple "pie."
You start with some large English muffins type breads. This is what we can get in China on occasion... I don't know what you have, but the point is to use something that's pre-made and of a soft consistency.
Next, you're going to toss a bunch of apples (the cheaper kind that have bruises in them... you're going to be mushing these up, so you might as well buy the mushier ones!), chopped, into your rice cooker. Yes, that's right... your rice cooker. This is the magic, folks. The rice cooker does SO much more than you ever thought that it could. Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. The sweeter you want it, the more sugar you should add.
Turn the rice cooker to "cook" and tape the button down so that it stays "cooking." When you start smelling apples, you know that it's done. Open up the cooker and whisk the apples up a bit so that they're smaller sized, then let them sit for a bit to thicken up.
Now, spoon your apple pie topping onto your toasted bread...
Lovely looking, right? It's a personal pan pie!
It's fast, only taking about 30 minutes from start to finish and that includes about 20 minutes no-hands time! It's easy and it's perfect to fill that Autumn craving for something cinnamon and warm. Try baking apples in your rice cooker today!