Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Baked Apples

It's like a pie, without having to slice it!

6 large apples, raw, (Macintosh or Granny Smith, the Delicious variety will not do for this)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 recipe pie crust
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons butter

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Wash and core apples, slicing a bit off the bottom so they will stand straight without rolling.

3. Sprinkle all cut parts with lemon juice.

4. Mix sugar and spices together. Reserve 2 tablespoons of mixture.

5. Divide pie crust into 6 equal parts, roll out each part into a square big enough to envelope the apple.

6. Place apple in the middle of the rolled out crust.

7. Place a pat of butter (1 tablespoon) into the cored out apple, cover with sugar mixture, dividing it equally among the apples.

8. Bring opposite corners of the crust up to meet at the top of the apple, then do the same with the other corners.

9. Pinch the top and sides of the crust to seal. You should now have what looks like an apple in a basket.

10. Sprinkle each with part of the reserved sugar and spice mixture.

11. Fold the corners of the 'basket' over the apple in the same direction all the way around. It just looks pretty. :c)

12. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes or until crust is golden and apples are tender.

13. Serve in a bowl with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese*, vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

*Note: This seems to be a New England thing, I've never seen apple pie/baked apples served with cheese anywhere else in the country. I recommend the Hunter, Private Stock or Vintage. The sharper the better!