Wednesday, January 10, 2007
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Adapted from Something Sweet by Jack Bishop
Comfort food at its absolute best!
The book this is adapted from is out of print. If you can find a copy, get it. It is small but filled with wonderful recipes; there isn't a bad one in the bunch. In fact, snag two copies so you can give one to your best friend.
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ cup walnuts
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
⅓ cup raisins
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 large baking apples (about 2 pounds)
½ cup apple juice or cider
Heavy cream or vanilla ice cream, optional
Preheat oven to 400°.
Grind the walnuts, granulated sugar, and cinnamon together in a food processor fitted with the metal blade until the nuts are quite fine but not reduced to a powder. Set the mixture aside in a shallow bowl.
Combine the raisins and brown sugar in another bowl.
Core the apples. With a vegetable peeler, remove the top half of the peel from each apple.
Fill the hollow center of each apple with some of the raisin/brown sugar mixture. Brush the peeled halves of the apples with melted butter, reserving some of the butter to use later. Roll the apples in the nut/granulated/sugar mixture until the bare sections of the apples are well coated with the mixture.
Place the apples in a small baking dish. Drizzle with the remaining butter, and pour apple juice into the bottom of the pan.
Bake until the nut crust on the apples turns golden brown and the centers can be easily pierced with a small knife, 35 to 40 minutes.
Serve the apples warm topped with the juice from the pan and heavy cream or vanilla ice cream.