SIMPLE BAKED APPLES (paleo)
It has always amazed me that even though though majority of what I cook is a plant, a veggie or a fruit; I still can go to the market and find a species or variety of one of these that I have NEVER heard of or tried. Take for example: I found these “ARKANSAS BLACK” apples the other day. JUST look at that color! NOT only are they beautiful RAW (like the picture below) but they are even more beautiful when you bake them (like the picture above)..
The firmness of them made me think that they would hold up to baking, so I gave them a shot and I was correct! I didn’t do anything fancy to them; in fact I used my recipe for SIMPLE BAKED APPLES. This method is super easy and the results are really tasty! I like to use this recipe for when the variety of apple is great on its own raw too. How this recipe is simple is that it only uses 4 additional ingredients to the apples and takes about 60 minutes (including baking them) to make from start to finish. This recipe is great for breakfast, brunch, dessert, snack…. HECK anytime of the day these would be good. I think that is one of the best things about making dishes that are healthy, you don’t have to pick and choose when to eat them– nor limit yourself to just one a day. Just think how great this “APPLE A DAY” is going to taste :)
A CHEF’S TIP: make sure when you pick your fruit that it is firm, no blemishes and vibrant in color. Also grind your spices fresh for the best results!
-MAKES 4 INDIVIDUAL BAKED APPLES (multiply accordingly)
4 large organic baking apples, firm flesh and vibrant color (I use “ARKANSAS BLACK” apples)
1/3 cup organic raw almonds
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground organic whole cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground dried organic orange peel
1/4 cup raw local honey (room temperature)
4 small glass ramekins or oven proof small bowls that the apples fit in whole, the ramekin should go half way up the sides of the apple
Large deep baking dish
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. In a food processor, pulse chop the almonds to a small rough chop, place in a small mixing bowl. Add the ground cinnamon and ground orange peel and mix well. Now add the honey and mix well, set aside. Wash the apples well. Now use a small knife a remove the core of the apple from the stem down into the apple. Do not go all the way through the bottom. Use the knife and gently trim up the top and make sure the core is completely removed. With a small spoon evenly place the nut/honey mix into the cored apples and set them upright in the ramekins. NOTE: the nut mix will only fill the apples about 1/2 to 3/4 the way. Place the apple filled ramekins in a large baking dish and fill the baking dish with water until it goes half way up the outside of the ramekins. Be sure not to get water into the apples or the ramekins. Cover the whole baking dish with heavy tin foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Gently remove from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes. Gently remove the tin foil and remove the ramekins from the water. Place each on a serving plate and serve. ENJOY!!