The Maine House is celebrating each day this week as the beautiful days of October dwindle. October is my favorite month of the year. I dream of it, I long for it, and I savor it. This month just steals my heart. It is the month for apple baking! Doesn't it just warm your soul to have the cinnamon and nutmeg scents fill your home? We are going to begin our week by preparing two of these wonderful autumn apple desserts or side dishes if you prefer, and incorporate some of our orchard apples we picked on Friday. Happy are our days!
Peel and core the apples. Slice into thick slices. To keep slices from turning brown, toss them with lemon juice. In a large saucepan or skillet, melt the butter. Add apple slices and sauté over medium heat—stirring constantly—for about six to ten minutes or until tender and just beginning to change color. Combine cornstarch and water and stir into the apples. Gently stir in brown sugar and spices. Add cranberries. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for about three to five minutes, stirring a few times. Sprinkle with granola and drizzle with a few tablespoons of melted butter. Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream.