Ffwd: Baked apples with cranberries, raisins and walnuts
This is another deliciously simple recipe from Dorie. My mother has started making the recipes out of this book. She is enamored with the "a little of this and a little of that" style, as am I.
The caramel-like quality of the filling is rich and satisfying. The sweet creamy baked apple crust makes it light and refreshing. I can't wait to try this particular tome with different types of nuts and dried fruit, perhaps some agave nectar and maybe even pears. I don't believe it will ever get old. You might come for brunch one day and enjoy it with filled with figs and filberts, topped with fresh yogurt. Next Christmas eve it could make an appearance full of dates, almonds and apricots, garnished with creme fraiche and a side of shortbread. The options are endless.
2 Cortland apples
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped fresh cranberries
1/8 cup Local Honey
1 tbsp Russian Mulling Spice
1/8 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup orange juice
4 tsp butter or Earth Balance (soy butter)
Preheat oven to 350f. Peel apples 1/2 way down. Core apples. Mix nuts, raisins and apples with honey and spice. Rub peeled parts of the apple with lemon. Fill apples with fruit and nut mixture. Place apples and peels in a baking dish. Pour juices in the dish. Top each apple with tsp butter. Place the remaining tsp butter in the juice.
Bake for 50 to 70 minutes, basting the apples every 15 minutes with the pan juices. Apples are finished when they are cooked to your liking. Serve hot or at room temperature. Eat as is or topped with ice-cream, yogurt or cream.
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.
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Photo Credit: Julie T Cecchini
The mulling spice sounds like a really interesting adaptation. Glad you enjoyed them.
Posted by: Diane Balch | 10 January 2014 at 07:58 PM
Love the colors of your filling!
Posted by: EmilyC | 10 January 2014 at 09:28 PM
Lovely presentation! Mulling spice in the filling…interesting addition! I’m sure delicious!
Posted by: Kathy | 11 January 2014 at 09:19 AM
Love the photo and your choices for fillings and flavourings sound perfect. My family loves Dorie, now, too. I've shared enough of the things I've made that they are always asking for more.
Posted by: Teresa | 12 January 2014 at 03:13 AM
Love the creative ideas of your fillings- very inspiring. And I very much wish I had some cranberries around because that combo sounds divine. Lovely job !
Posted by: Tricia S. | 12 January 2014 at 01:04 PM
No, I don't think this one could ever go old. I like the way it made me rethink the apple :-)
Posted by: Cher | 15 January 2014 at 06:11 AM
With this recipe, it's always be "pomme du jour". The mulling spice sounds like a perfect complement to the apples. I just realized that you are in Massachusetts too. You are probably the nearest Dorista to me.
Posted by: Betsy | 17 January 2014 at 10:28 PM