Baked apples are a real favorite. This particular recipe does take it to another level by adding chopped dried fruits and nuts, along with a bit of honey.
In this preparation, the apples are cored partially, and then peeled halfway. The exposed flesh gets a wash of lemon juice. The fruit (here cranberry, cherry and date) gets mixed with the nuts (this time, walnuts) along with a bit of honey and touch of cinnamon. Since that was a bit more than my original coring, I did open up the middle of the apples to allow for all of the filling. A bit of butter in the middle, filled and a little more on top. They get popped into the oven for an hour or so.
I forgot the whole “baste every 15 minutes”, so mine dried out a bit on top, and a few of the fruit and nut pieces go a bit
burned over-toasted, but there was plenty under those few pieces, so no disaster.
This was quite delicious. A dressy version of a baked apple, one suited to a light dessert, or even a fancy brunch dish.
I imagine I’ll make these again, and will even more likely use the idea to really elevate my typical preparation. I very often make easy baked apples by just quartering and seeding apples, tossing with a bit of raw sugar and cinnamon – I think that adding some of these fruits and some nuts would be even more delicious, and almost as easy! If you’d like to see how the other Doristas found their apples, you can find their links here.