APPLE TOASTED LUNCH SANDWICH WITH PEANUT BUTTER & BACON

This toasted sandwich is packed with sauteed, slightly sweetened cinnamon apples and peanut butter. 

Once again I am using peanut butter in a recipe as well as bacon.  Bacon is one of the most versatile foods as you can cook it with either sweet or savoury, and there is so much you can do with this product.

Although this is slightly messy to eat, this toasted sandwich will please both children and adults alike.

It is quick to make and could even be eaten as a breakfast or a brunch for the whole family.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 minutes
Makes: 2 sandwiches

Ingredients
2 small apples
2 tbsp butter
1½ tsp cinnamon
8 pieces short cut bacon
2 tsp brown sugar or coconut sugar
¼ cup water
½ tsp vanilla
4 slices bread -preferably wholemeal
5 tbsp peanut butter

Method
Brown the bacon in a fry-pan or in the microwave.  I did this in the microwave between sheets of paper towel.  I always like to use "short cut" bacon as this has very little fat on it, however any bacon would work.

Wash, core and cut the unpeeled apple into thin slices.

In a fry-pan, put 1 tablespoon butter, then add the cinnamon, brown sugar and water, and stir to combine.

Add the apples and ensure they are coated in the liquid mixture.

Cover the pan, and simmer the apples for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  The apples should be slightly soft but still crisp, so you do not want to overcook them.

Add the vanilla to the pan and mix in the apples.

Remove the apples to a plate and leave any liquid in the fry-pan.
The apples should now look like this
Melt another tablespoon of the butter in the pan.

Spread some of the peanut butter on one side of each piece of bread.

Divide the apples in half and place each half on one piece of bread.  Next add the bacon on top.

Put the remaining two pieces of bread, peanut butter side down, on top of the bacon.  Cook the sandwiches over medium heat until they are brown.

Serve them sliced in half, and watch them disappear!

This is a good way to get children to eat apples, and for the vegetarian version of this toasted sandwich, leave out the bacon, and add some salt instead, and it will still taste good.

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