Quick Breakfast Ideas:
Apple Cream Cheese Melts


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Apple Cream Cheese Melts



These are very easy to make, but look and taste special.

They are easy to eat on the run.

These make great after-school snacks, too!

I haven't specified a quantity for the cream cheese. Spread it as thickly or as thinly as you like. The spreadable cream cheese that comes in little tubs is the easiest to use, but the more economical solid cream cheese works fine too.

You can make this in a toaster oven or in a regular oven.




Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • English muffins
    • sugar
    • cinnamon

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • cream cheese
    • apples
    • butter

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a cookie sheet
    • a knife
    • a cutting board and paring knife
    • a small bowl
    • a spoon

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • an apple corer
    • a toaster oven (a regular oven works just fine, too)




    The recipe

    2 English muffins, split

    cream cheese

    1 large apple, cored, peeled and thinly sliced

    1 tsp/5 mL sugar

    pinch cinnamon

    1 tsp/5 mL butter



    Preheat your broiler.

    Put the English muffin halves on a cookie sheet.

    Spread the English muffin halves with cream cheese.

    Arrange the apple slices on top.

    In a small bowl, mix the sugar and the cinnamon.

    Sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture over the apples.

    Dot the apples with dabs of butter.

    Broil until the tops are brown and the apples are soft (about 5 minutes).
    Watch carefully - they cook quickly! Don't let them burn!




    Substitutions

    • Use brown sugar instead of white sugar.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Try using another fruit - like a pear, or quince - instead of an apple.

    • What other spices could you try? How about nutmeg, or allspice?

    • Try sprinkling a small bit of lemon juice over the apples before you add the sugar mixture.

    Tips

    • If you are using a block of solid cream cheese, soften it a bit before spreading it on the English muffins. You can soften it by leaving it at room temperature for an hour or so, or by microwaving at low power, or by cutting it into small cubes and warming them in a double boiler or in a bowl over a pot of boiling water.





    If you enjoy this recipe, you may also like these other quick breakfast ideas:

    • Toad in the Hole
    • Homemade Oatmeal

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