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Baked Apples (Almost Apple Pie)

20 Oct

I have seen variations of this type of recipe a few times. I don’t know exactly where to give credit to, but probably a magazine like Real Simple or Food and Wine. Those are the places that I tend to read recipes but then can never find the page again.

I am not much of a dessert person, but I do like fresh fruit desserts and the boyfriend loves sugar. He also really loves ice cream. After making the butternut squash, I wanted to eat more foods that used those warm fall spices – nutmeg and cinnamon. Hence, this recipe.

This is pretty basic, and I have no measurements. Basically, I was at the grocery store and bought 2 apples. Then, came home, cored out the seeds, and “stuffed” the apples with some brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, almonds, and butter.

Then, I put them in the oven at about 350 degrees for roughly 20 minutes. I just checked them a few times and took them out when

1) my apartment started to smell like apples and

2) I could easily poke the apples with a fork.

Then, I cut them in half and served with vanilla bean ice cream. It was almost like apple pie, but without all the work of making pie crusts – which I am terrible at.

If I were to make this again, I would make a few changes:
1) Let the apple sit for a second before you eat it with the ice cream. Our apple was so hot, it melted the ice cream a bit faster then I’d care for.
2) I think it would have tasted better with candied walnuts (in a pan, toast walnuts with bit of sugar) than with the almonds — they were too thin and didn’t add the flavor I wanted.

Overall, for me, this was “eh.” They were good, but I have made better fruit desserts before. I think with the changes, it would taste much better. But hey, it was the easiest thing I’ve made lately.

The Boyfriend Rates It:3, and cut the apple into smaller pieces too. Otherwise good taste.

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