Thursday, November 24, 2011

Baked Apple "Pie"

Okay yes I hate turkey for Thanksgiving. In fact, about the only typical Thanksgiving day dish I do enjoy is apple pie. So I decided to make one. Since I like to complicate things I decided to take it to the next level, so to speak. Instead of making an apple pie, I made a "deconstructed" apple pie. Deconstruction, at least to me means that you leave all the flavors of the original food the way they are and then change the way it looks or vice versa.

Here I keep the flavors and slightly change the appearance. In this apple "pie" I remove the pie part and go for a whole apple look. Surprisingly, I would say this easier than making a real apple pie. It took less time too. So this is definitely a win-win for me.
I must note that the recipe isn't actually important here. The real idea is to keep the apple whole and spice it the way you like. Core the apple, spice it to your tastes and cook it in the appropriate way. Bam! You have got a different but excellent looking homemade apple "pie."

Note: If you don't have an apple corer at home, you can purchase one or use a piece of metal piping to extract the core.

Baked Apple Pie:
4 apples (Empire, McIntosh, or Gala)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 tablespoons apricot jelly
8 tablespoons brandy
4 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
4 cinnamon sticks

1. Preheat oven to 425F.
2. Core an apple then immediately apply lemon juice to the hole to prevent browning.
3. Peel that same apple and immediately apply lemon juice all over the outside.
4. Do this with the rest of the apples.
5. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and dunk each apple into it, being sure to get the insides covered as well.
6. Place apples in a baking dish that snugly holds all the apples but does not force them to touch.
7. Evenly pour remaining glaze over the apples and in the holes.
8. Bake apples for 45 minutes. 
9. After 45 minutes add a stick of cinnamon to each hole and close the oven door. Turn off the oven and leave the apples in for another 30 minutes.
10. Remove the apples from the oven and let them cool until just warm. (About 30 to 40 minutes.)
11. Carefully move each apple to its own dish and top with syrup in the bottom of the baking dish.
12. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. (Make sure no one tries to eat the cinnamon stick.)

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