My favorite non-chocolate dessert is a good crumble (you guys know I’m obsessed with anything in the crumble family right? Exhibit A: Nectarine Recipe, Exhibit B: Plum Recipe), and I loved anything involving warm apples, cinnamon, and sugar.
These didn’t turn out exactly as I remembered, but they sure are delicious.
Here’s what you need:
Step 1: Carve out apple centers. I used a fruit peeler like this one. I started by making a circle around the core, and then I just rotated and pulled the core out. It takes a little bit of work, but it’s fun:
Step 3: Place the 6 cored apples in a small square baking dish. Add a spoonful of oats and a cinnamon stick inside each apple.
Step 4: Make a glaze by combining brown sugar, rum, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium saucepan. Blend by stirring rapidly and bring to simmer over medium heat. Continue reducing for 5 minutes and continue stirring to make sure that the ingredients are well blended.
Step 5: Pour the glaze in the core of each apple on top of the oats and top with a small sliver of butter.
Step 6: Pour the cider in the bottom of the dish and place the dish in the center of the oven.
Step 7: The apples should cook for 30 minutes, but you should baste the apples with the cider every 5-8 minutes. The basting is keyyyyy to the success of this recipe.
Step 8: Remove the apples when they are tender and serve them with ice cream (if you want to kick it up a notch).
This is the perfect dessert recipe for a crisp October or November dinner party!
Full disclosure: The first time I attempted to make this recipe, I thought that it would be good to combine flour and oats for the center of the apple (you can see the flour sprinkled in some of these pictures because I was too tired to retake the photos). But the first batch was a bit of a disaster because the glaze didn’t make it through the flower, so there was just a nice flour surprise in the middle! This is the revised recipe with just the oats, which worked much better.