All throughout the year, Commons’ baskets are overflowing with apples, Granny Smith green and Golden Delicious. With all these apples, you can make a variety of apple-based concoctions. However, if you prefer, you may also substitute pears in place of the apples.

Baked Apples

Baked apples, or in this case, microwaved apples, are a classic American staple during the colder months.

Making a home-style baked apple isn’t as hard as it seems. First, choose your apple.

Next, poke the apple four or five times with a fork, making sure the holes are spaced evenly throughout the apple. Afterwards, microwave it for four minutes.

When it is ready to come out of the microwave, be careful as it should be hot. Cut the apple in half when it is cool enough to touch, and sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar. Wait for the apple to cool, and dig in.

Apple Pie-Pancake

This apple pie-pancake is a delicious mix of two homey food. If you want, this recipe can also be made with pears and other fruits.

Making your own pie-pancake is simple. First, cut a green Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apple into thin slices. Put the slices in a bowl.

Then coat the apples with cinnamon sugar, and add a cup of waffle batter. Make sure to pour the batter evenly throughout the bowl.

Microwave the apple slices for four and a half minutes. Be careful when you take out the bowl, and wait five minutes for it to cool. Sprinkle the hot slices with more cinnamon-sugar, and your pie-pancake is ready to eat!

Peanut Butter and

Chocolate Dip

Now for a spin on the classic: peanut butter and apples. For chocoholics, you can switch things up by adding some chocolate to the mix. This dip doesn’t only taste good with apples, but is also delicious with bananas, pears, strawberries or any fruit you would like.

To start, put two spoonfuls of chocolate chips in a bowl. Make sure to fill it up only halfway, so the chocolate doesn’t overflow. Then put the bowl into the microwave for one minute, paying close attention so the chocolate doesn’t burn. Stir the chocolate until it reaches a creamy consistency.

Next, stir in two or three spoons of all natural peanut butter, depending on how peanut-buttery you want the dip to be. All-natural peanut butter is much creamier than regular peanut butter and will give you the right texture. Once you are done with the sauce, pick your fruit, slice it and dunk and dip away!