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Sunday, 17 February 2013

"House" Baked Apples

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We spent most of today faffing about with our computers.    The one which was plugged directly into the router was working fine, but none of the wireless ones were working.   The router just wasn't directing a signal to them.  We tried everything to get them working, but in the end the Toddster ended up having to go out and buy a new router.

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Because we use the laptop in the craft room and our ipads for study, etc.  it was really important we get online with them.   Modern technology . . . it can be very frustrating at times, but then again, whatever would we do without it?  Well, you wouldn't be here reading this for one thing!  And what a shame that would be, because I really love it when you visit!  Its one of the highlights of my days!

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You're probably thinking so what's the point of this whole story??   Well . . . I had big plans to bake something really tasty for you today . . . but it just didn't get done with all of the faffing about!   Instead I am sharing with you one of our favourite desserts.  "House" baked apples.

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Simple and quick to throw together and oh so very delicious to eat . . . with all of the comforts of a crumble minus all of the work of having to rub a topping together, and in truth, you don't really miss it.   You get succulent  baked sliced of apple, all  sweet and buttery and nicely spiced . . . mixed with the moreish crunch of toasted flaked almonds . . . not to mention the additional textures and flavours of sweet sultana raisins and coconut!

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The smell when it's baking is almost more than you can bear . . . it smells so wonderfully homey and comforting . . . It's a good thing it cooks rather quickly!   You can have this on the table in less than half an hour and I can assure you all will be smacking their lips in anticipation!   We like to call them "House" baked apples . . . coz that's just the way we do them in this house!  Enjoy!!

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*House Baked Apples*
Serves  4
Printable Recipe

This is how we like them in our house.  Simple and delicious!

4 large red eating apples
a large handful of flaked almonds
4 TBS sugar
3 TBS dessicated coconut
1 handful of sultana raisins
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp of ground cardamom
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
4 TBS butter, plus more to butter the tin
vanilla bean ice cream to serve

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Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.   Butter a 9 by 13 inch baking pan well.  Set aside.

Peel the apples, core and cut each into about 8 wedges.  Scatter them into the tin.  Sprinkle with the sultanas, almonds and coconut. Stir together the sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg.   Sprinkle this evenly over top of the apples.  Dot with the butter.

Bake for 25 minutes, until the apples are beginning to soften and turn golden brown.  Serve warm, spooned into bowls and topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream

5 comments:

HelenD said...

Hello, Marie!
We like baked apples sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, but these here are awfully good!Oh my, all these flavours and served with ice cream, too!
I have to try them out as soon as possible!
I also loved the bowls you've served them in - shape and colour!
Have a nice day!

Mary McAndrew said...

How funny Marie, we always think of making the same thing! Yesterday I made a big baked apple too! Yummm! I can't wait to try your way, just in a pan, looks so delicious!

Laurie said...

we had the same trouble yesterday, must have been in the air and you won't believe this, we had baked apples too! Not as good as yours though!

La Table De Nana said...

Your turk pots are cute too.We were at our daughter's last night ..her kitchen is that color..so cute!

Bernideen said...

Oh yes - computers can drive one crazy. Until Christmas, I only had a computer at my store but then my son and dil gave me a small one and set up a router so I could have the small one downstairs at the counter and then we also got wireless at home. Otherwise I wouldn't be making this comment. I have more time now for this social part!

I always enjoyed your recipes so much and have printed out and filed many. Just recently (I have a 3 drawer file cabinet full) I started a new section of authentic English recipes.

Here in the US we are loving Downton Abbey and I enjoy that blog plus the BBC blog.