Oven-baked toffee apples
We're having apples for dessert on a daily basis these days. Last weekend, we picked two large baskets full of apples at my grandma's place, and although they're delicious as they are (juicy, sharp, crisp, sweet - all at once), they're also excellent in various cakes and puddings. Here's a twist on the traditional oven-baked apples that should appeal to everybody with a sweet tooth.
Oven-baked Toffee Apples
(Ahjus küpsetatud õunad mandli-iirisekattega)
Serves 4 to 6
5 to six large firm apples
50 g almond slices
50 g unsalted butter
200 ml soft brown sugar
100 ml whipping or double cream
1 Tbsp potato flour
vanilla ice cream
Peel the apples (optional*), halve and core them. Fit them snugly into a buttered oven-dish, cut-side down.
Mix brown sugar and potato flour in a small saucepan, add butter, almond slices, and cream, and bring slowly to the boil, stirring regularly. Spoon the toffee mixture onto the apples.
Bake in the middle of a pre-heated oven for 20-30 minutes (cooking time depends on the apples), until apples are cooked and toffee topping has thickened.
Cool a little and serve with ice cream.
* In general, I tend not to peel apples from my mum's or grandma's garden, or apples from a reputable organic source. However, peeling apples beforehand makes for neater presentation and easier eating afterwards.
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