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Friday, January 15, 2010

More than just a Baked Apple - comfort food at its best



Baked apples are one of my comfort foods. There's just something about the delicious aroma that fills the house when they are baking. These feed more than just your hungry tummy - they feed your memories. A little more work than you may be used to but well worth it and special enough to serve guests - if you want to share

Ingredients

* 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped medium fine
* 1/3 cup pecans, chopped medium fine
* 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
* 1/4 cup rolled oats
* 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small cubes
* 6 medium Pink Lady or Jazz apples, or other firm baking variety
* 1 1/2 cups apple cider

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350º. In a small bowl combine walnuts, pecans, sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and oats. Add butter cubes and toss to combine.

2. Peel the top third of each apple and, using a melon baller, scoop out the stem and enough of the core so that the walls of the apple are about 1/2 in. thick. Take care, however, not to break through the bottom of the apple, or the filling will leak out when baking. Make the hole a bit wider at the top.

3. Using a small spoon or your fingers, generously stuff each apple; mound extra filling on top.

4. Put the filled apples in a 2-qt. baking dish. Pour cider into the pan around the apples, cover the dish with foil, and bake 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake, basting every 15 minutes, for an additional 30 to 45 minutes, until apples are easily pierced with a sharp knife (they may split open a bit at the bottom). Serve apples drizzled with the sauce from the pan and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream alongside.

7 comments:

Bird learning to fly... said...

Mim,
Every time I come here I start to droollll!!!!!

What are you doing to me?!? I'm supposed to be on a diet!!
I too love baked apples! Because of my husband's background, we use minced meat (a british xmas tradition made with raisins, sultanas, suet, etc) to stuff the apples!! I might add a few nuts like you next time!! :)

I am putting your blog on my blogroll...

© Jennifer Raley said...

I need a "Mimi's Cookbook!" :) Jenn

Shopgirl said...

Took a peek, but had to run from that lovely apple....Yummm!
Lost total of 10 pounds, one day at a time.
You are so good to share all this wonderful food...
Hugs, Mary
Keep Haiti in your heart!

Midwest Mom said...

Great recipe! That cardamom will give a nice homey taste. Love it! :)

- Julia at Midwest Moms

crochet lady said...

Wow does that look good, a perfect winter treat!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I haven't had a baked apple in years. In fact, I had completely forgotten about them. My mother made them all the time. Thanks for the reminder and recipe.

Mary said...

Oh, boy~these look so good. And, you're right, they do make the soul happy smelling them while they cook. Gonna make some of these today maybe for DH for when he gets home from work.