Did you know yesterday was the first day of Fall? Well, at least in some part of the world! We just celebrated Spring Down Under! Honestly, it's been feeling like Spring for a month or so, with lots of sunny and warm days, but it doesn't prevent me from using my oven just yet. Summer will probably be a different story with an average temperature of 100F and an apartment with no A/C! In the meantime, I feel like cooking both Spring and Fall recipes, as Fall cooking and baking is all over the Internet right now!
Since we moved to Australia, cooking with the seasons has been something I've really struggled with. Most of my readers are Americans and Europeans, and when you mostly crave warm comfort food, all I can think of is cool off with an iced tea and a frozen treat. The thing is, I always want to try some recipes I discover on various blogs and that's how we end up eating soup in the middle of summer (true story!). Needless to say, Solal wasn't too happy about that! I really like this time of year, from the end of 'your' summer until the middle of 'your' fall because I don't feel too disconnected. I can post popsicles recipes and not eating them wrapped up in a blanket and I don't need to be in underwear to bake. These Stuffed Baked Apples are the perfect way to celebrate Fall - and just enjoy a delicious dessert!
Stuffed Baked Apples
- 1 cup apple cider
- ¾ cup honey
- ¾ cup pitted dates chopped
- ¼ cup golden raisins soaked in 2 tbsp marsala or water
- 2 tbs walnuts lightly toasted and roughly chopped
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp orange zest
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- 8 medium Granny Smith apples cored
Preheat the oven at 350F.
Heat the cider and honey together in a pan until syrupy.
Meanwhile, combine dates, sultanas, walnuts and zests in a bowl. In another bowl, combine orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon and ginger.
Slice the apples in even slices through the diameter (crossways). Dip each slice into the orange juice mix, stack each slice on top of each other, and repeat with each apple.
Carefully spoon in the stuffing into the center and drizzle with syrup and remaining orange juice mix.
Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, basting occasionally until tender.
Remove from the oven, drizzle with a bit of honey (optional) and serve with vanilla ice cream.
Recipe from Wheels&Barrow
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