Archive | December, 2009

Baked Apples with Honey, Walnuts, and Cardamom

7 Dec

I came across this recipe on the Cooking…By the seat of my Pants blog.

It sounded good but I wanted to give it an extra little something. In Sweden, where my family is from, Cardamom unexpectedly finds it’s way into breads and sweets. I used to not be a fan of the spice at all, by now I’m really beginning to appreciate it. I thought it might be a nice compliment to the sweetness of the apple in this recipe.

Baked Apples with Honey, Walnuts, and Cardamom

Ingredients:

6 apples – I used Cortland apples

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp cardamom

3 tbsp honey

2 tbsp melted butter

6 oz. chopped walnuts (though pecans or even almonds could probably be just as tasty)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Core the apples and cut a very shallow slit all the way around the middle of them horizontally. (This will prevent the skin of the apple from splitting when it bakes in the oven.) Melt the butter on the stovetop or in the microwave. Mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom. Add the honey and melted butter and mix until smooth. Stir in the nuts. Fill the cored apple center with a couple of spoonfuls of the nut mixture. (Don’t distress if you have extra filling – it goes perfectly over a little bit of vanilla ice cream!) Place filled apples in a baking dish or pie plate. Bake 35-45 minutes or until tender enough to pierce with a fork . If the filling seems to be cooking too quickly and starts to get dark, put some foil over the top until the apples are ready. Serve warm with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.