At the beginning of the season, I welcomed Winter with some hot nutella-filled muffins. It seems I am sending Winter off with another baking session…
Last night was a yummy one, with good company too.
While it’s always great to catch up with friends, it’s even greater when it’s over good food. And it’s the absolute best when I get to cook it.
Dinner was my Honey soy tofu, pumpkin & greens rice recipe, sans the honey soy tofu as I completely forgot to buy some! So I just added a drizzle of salt-reduced soy sauce and a squeeze of honey and we made do without the tofu.
I also made ricotta and spinach pastizzis. They turned out really well. If you closed your eyes when eating them, you could say they turned out perfectly!
Dessert was baked apples stuffed with sultanas, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and brown sugar – just like my mother used to make for me on a cold winter night when I was younger. She would be proud I’m keeping up tradition.
While I am longing for Spring, sunshine and warm days, I will miss the cold winter evenings… to an extent. Staying warm and comfy under a fluffy blanket and any excuse to keep the oven on longer to bake a few too many warming desserts is what Winter is all about in my opinion.
Although baking in the warm weather has never stopped me before…
[RECIPE] BAKED STUFFED APPLES
- 2 granny smith apples
- 3 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1/3 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons sultanas
- Core the apples using a corer (or very carefully use a sharp knife to remover the core all the way through to the bottle of the apple).
- Place apples onto a greased oven tray (I tend to lightly spray the tray with oil, or just place onto baking paper).
- In a bowl, mix sultanas, sugar, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
- Stuff half of the mixture into the centre of the apple. Press down to ensure you fit as much stuffing as possible!
- Repeat with other apple.
- Place apples in the oven at approx. 180 degrees C. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the stuffing on top is browned.
Note: If you have extra time on your hands, I suggest baking the apples at 160 degrees C for 30-40 minutes – the inside will turn out softer. I am usually inpatient though.