No. 11: Apple Sandwiches + New tools

I rarely have time for breakfast at home during the work week.

Scratch that. I rarely make time.

I have a stash of Quaker instant oatmeal packets in my desk that I rely upon quite heavily. Decker is also routinely hosting programs, meaning bagel and cream cheese goodness once a week.

Breakfast on the go

These handy apple sandwiches are adapted from another creative post on The Kitchn.

The ingredients

1-2 tablespoons rolled oats
Dash of ground cinnamon
3-4 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter*
3/4 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon raisins*
1 medium apple

*Chunky peanut butter and golden raisins were what I found in our pantry.

To make

Combine oats and cinnamon in a dry skillet over medium heat and toast. Let it cool before using.

Skillet

Mix together the peanut butter and honey.

Core and slice the apple into 6 rounds. (More on the apple corer below.)

Cored apple

Spread peanut butter on 3 of the apple slices and sprinkle with raisins and oats. Or if you're me, put it on all of the apple slices because 3 tablespoons is not enough.

Spread apples

Top with the remaining apple slices to form sandwiches.

The results

I put these together in that classic time of morning when you're halfway done getting ready and running around the kitchen/house gathering everything up for the day. This little breakfast took a total of 8 minutes, and that includes toasting the oats.

Finished

Mr. McCormick probably needed a second breakfast, but this was the right amount of 'start your day' eats to get me to lunch.

Envy apples + golden raisins + honey was a lot of sweetness. In the future, I would recommend regular raisins and Granny Smith apples. Both would provide some necessary tartness.

A note on tools

I have plenty of kitchen tools, though arguably less than many of my adventurous culinary friends.

One tool I had never heard of until last weekend was an apple corer.

Ok, you can stop laughing. It's ridiculous, I know. But the only apple accessory in my house growing up was one that cored and sliced. You know ... the disc where you have to put your whole body weight down on it for leverage.

Thankfully, quirky Alton Brown used one on Good Eats. So I rushed to Crate & Barrel to get one ... and some other small items.

Tools

I got a bit carried away.

But I have needed a cookie dough scoop for years. And zesting with a cheese grater wasn't cutting it anymore.

Here's to great tools and finding even more ways to use them.

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