Apple Crisp Baked Apples

Off the Bookshelf: Apple Crisp Baked Apples

Combine two American dessert classics, apple crisp and baked apples, and the result is bound to be noteworthy. At least that was my rationale when deciding which recipes to try first from Sunset magazine's latest book, Cook Taste Savor: 16 Inspiring Ingredients for Delicious Dishes Every Day.

Thankfully, my suspicions were not unwarranted. To add to the apples' virtues, an aroma far more fetching than any perfume wafted out of the oven as they baked. And if — emphasis on if — you have leftovers, they can easily be transformed into an indulgent breakfast by swapping plain yogurt for the ice cream. Or in my case, nestled into a bowl of piping-hot oatmeal.

Convinced yet? Get the seasonal recipe.

Apple Crisp Baked Apples

Apple Crisp Baked Apples

Apple Crisp Baked Apples

Ingredients

1/3 cup (1 1/4 ounces) walnuts, chopped medium fine
1/3 cup (1 1/4 ounces) pecans, chopped medium fine
1 teaspoon firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
1/4 cup rolled oats
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small cubes
6 medium baking apples, such as Pink Lady or Jazz
1 1/2 cups apple cider
Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, combine walnuts, pecans, sugar, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, and oats. Add butter 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 inch thick. Take care not to break through the bottom of the apple, or the filling will leak out while baking. Make the hole a bit wider at the top.
  3. Stuff each apple generously using a small spoon or your fingers; mound extra filling on top.
  4. Put the filled apples in a 2-quart baking dish. Pour cider into the pan around the apples, cover the dish with foil, and bake for 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 a scoop of vanilla ice cream (if using).
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