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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Maple Baked Apples

I altered an old recipe by veganizing it and subbing spelt flour. What a success!

MAPLE BAKED APPLES
1/2 C. spelt flour

1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt
3 Tbsp. soybean margarine
1/3 C. old-fashioned rolled oats
3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
9 small Gala apples


1
Preheat oven to 375* F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square glass baking dish.

2 In a bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in soybean margarine with 2 knives, fingertips, or pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add oats and maple syrup and stir with a fork to blend lightly.



3 Core an apple and cut off stem. Cut 1 inch off bottom of core; replace 1-inch-long piece in bottom of apple to cork it and place apple in prepared dish. Repeat with remaining apples.

4 Fill each apple with flour mixture. Cover pan snugly with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until apples are tender and filling is lightly browned, about 15 minutes longer. Let cool and then refrigerate until ready to serve.


Know your APPLES

Fujis are firm, crisp and good raw and in applesauce and pie.
Galas have red striping, are sweet and crisp, and taste good raw and cooked.
Granny Smiths are bright green, tart and great raw and cooked in pies.
McIntoshes are softer than others -- great for applesauce.
Red and Golden Delicious are best raw, but Goldens make good pies.
Romes are sweet and medium-large; they hold their shape when baked whole.




More than just walnuts are falling from of our walnut trees. We found this perfect bird nest laying on the lawn. We've since put it in a shoe box, and it sits on our patio. Olivia loved seeing it up close because we've been observing it for a while. We watched the Robins build the nest in the Spring & heard the baby birds singing soon after. It's been fun to see!



24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your apples look so scrumptious- and so pretty and uniform! Yum. I think baked apples make perfect breakfasts.
That bird's nest is so interesting. I love seeing things like that, and I'm sure it was so fascinating for your daughters. One day I want to blog about a couple of doves who tried making a nest outside my apartment in CA...

8:27 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

Every thing looks very seasonal over there - apples, fall leaves, soup, and pumpkins! Carving pumpkins is so much fun. Those are too cute!

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info about the apple varieties, I don't usually cook with them, but I may have to try a form of this recipe. What is it about fall that makes us food bloggers want to stuff vegetables? I've been stuffing all sorts of vegetables lately!

Brandie :)

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info about the apple varieties, I don't usually cook with them, but I may have to try a form of this recipe. What is it about fall that makes us food bloggers want to stuff vegetables? I've been stuffing all sorts of vegetables lately!

Brandie :)

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yum! :) What a great dish. I think I might have to make these to get my boyfriend to eat more apples!

11:35 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

aww...i love the birds nest.

and ih ave that soup book. i'm thinking of making the pumpkin apple soup in honor of fall.

cannot wait.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

okay maybe not THAT cookbook since it hasn't even been released but one along her lines...

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grr I still have trouble commenting on yours! Well anyway I tried to say those apples look fantabulous! They would be great for Thanksgiving, I'm compiling recipes for the holidays.
-Tania

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been thinking of making something similar...I just got a bundle of apples. Yum..they look yum. I bet your kids loved them

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will you adopt me? Lol!! Your kids are the luckiest to have you as their creative & healthy mom!! I love those baked apples! Anything with maple and oats is a sure favorite of mine!

Pretty bird's nest. I love seeing all the details in those. Makes you appreciate what the wildlife can do and how their world may be more complex than most give them credit for. I love the nest and I hope you get some visitors to it soon!!

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the great information on apples. I always just eat apples plain and raw, never considering cooking them. These stuffed baked apples look very tempting. OOhh and I'm jealous about the cookbook you got!

-Teresa

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful apple info and beautiful sweets you made in the maple goodies.

Am curious about that robins nest... nice photo with the greenery and the purple flowers in the background. Gorgeous!

9:46 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Those apples look great so should try it as I managed to find a bottle of maple syrup for the first time in ages. Probably not the healthy kind but better than nothing :)

Love the fall colors of the trees. It must look great. We don't have that here very often probably as there is too much water for them to turn those colors or because we go from summer to winter virtually overnight...not sure.

2:57 AM  
Anonymous Emmy said...

Those look delicious. Although I've baked with apples, I've never made baked apples. I'll have to try this. Thanks for the recipe :)

5:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im drooling here, they looks absolutely perfect!
thanks for the recipe!

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks like the perfect autumn dessert! I may have to try this for my monthly pot-luck get together with my girlfriends this weekend. It looks like something I could make beforehand and pop in the fridge for a day until I go.

I remember finding a couple of bird's nests when I was a little kid in Indiana. It always seemed like something very special and exciting. We loved watching our little robins every spring.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

okay, i'm definately making those apples.. today!

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh boy, apple picking season has arrived for me in Jersey. I would love to try this recipe ASAP. I also like your little guide to apples, very helpful.

2:11 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

baked apples are one of my fav. it's like apply pie minus the crust mm

that's a neat birds nest too


Teddy

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those apples look so fun to make - and an easy way to get little hands involved :)

Would you believe that I just found a birds nest on my walk to the bakery last weekend? It's sitting on one of our porch plant tables. So neat!

<3 Mikaela

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful bird's nest. Maybe they'll settle back in your walnut trees in the spring!

Those baked apples look AMAZING... I've been looking for a recipe like this, and I'm so glad you shared!

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Geraldine said...

What a fun (and gorgeous) post!!! Glad I stopped in. May I have an apple please....these look so good.

Huggs, G

11:08 AM  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

A gift for you from the tree and maybe the squirrels who might have knocked down the nest! LOL Those apple dishes are scrumptious looking! I can almost taste those apples thru your beauty full pics!!! xoxoxoxxoxox Happy Week-end!!!

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These look incredibly delicious and healthy. I just went to an apple farm yesterday and while we didn't pick our own apples, we did buy two bushels! One called Dixie Red and one called Arkansas Black. I made an apple crisp last night and look forward to many more apple recipes.

8:20 AM  

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