Baked Apples from Mother Goose
A day in the apple orchard is always fun. The orchard that we usually go to is set on the side of the mountain, so the walk is uphill or down. No other way to go. The sun was warm and the trees were full of those big red gems. The view from the top is beautiful, you can see the mountain range of New Hampshire. Doesn't take that long to pick a bag of apples, then the surprise when you get back to the apple shack to pay and you realize that you have a hugh bag of apples. I didn't mean to pick that many. But you pay your bill and be happy that you have the opportunity to go to the orchards to pick your own. I am featuring a recipe of my mom's, she was a wonderful cook. These are for you, Mother Goose!
|Add a little vanilla ice cream and enjoy|
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 tsp orange rind, grated
1/2 cup fresh apple cider
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
In a small saucepan, add the apple cider, butter, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and bring this to a boil. Remove this syrup from the heat. In a small bowl combine the raisins and the nuts and mix this. Peel down about 1/4 to 1/3 down the apple and core them but don't go all the way. You want some base to the apple to hold the nuts and raisins. Place the apples in a baking dish. I filled each cavity with a little of the hot syrup before filling with the nuts and raisins. Fill each apple with the nuts and raisins. Pour the hot syrup over the filling and the apples. Bake for about 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the apple. I used my cake tester to poke them to see if done, you want them to be soft all the way to the core. Every once in a while baste the apples with the syrup. The syrup thickens and is so sweet and grand. Spoon a little of this over the apples and on top of the ice cream. Serve warm with ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.
|done and ready to eat, that syrup is soooo sweet and yummy!|