Baked Apples with Almond Cinnamon Filling
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It's apple picking season! To celebrate the arrival of October and its fall flavors, I decided to make warming German Bratäpfel aka oven-roasted apples, stuffed with an almond-cinnamon mixture, that are then baked in Schönauer Apfel apple liqueur for 35 minutes. Serve straight out of the oven in individual oven-safe dishes for a pretty display and garnish with vanilla bean gelato for the ultimate highlight at the end of a nice fall or winter dinner with friends or family. Find the recipe below and enjoy!
As some of you may have noticed, I recently started featuring more and more liqueurs and alcoholic beverages on my blog and social media. That's because Niche Import Co., a liquor importer specific to German and Austrian liqueurs and wines, contacted me a few weeks ago about collaborating on posts - I am so excited that we were able to work out a great partnership that now allows me to get paid for some of the work I do, while also allowing you to discover some great German and Austrian brands of alcoholic beverages that are most likely available in your area (to find out, check this link). I came up with lots of creative new German recipes that incorporate those liqueurs and wines. If I don't use them in the recipe, I will suggest wine, liqueur or cocktail pairings. I couldn't be happier about this opportunity that feels like such a natural fit!
An important anniversary is also fast approaching: dirndl kitchen will be 2 years old in just a few short days! It's been a, hilly and fun road so far! Be on the lookout for snapshots of my new dirndl and I, and the grand reveal of a website makeover - so so exciting! It pays off to have extremely talented friends and family to help with photography and website design in exchange for homemade food! I appreciate every one of you lovely German food lovers who have supported me along the way - please stay tuned for all the exciting happenings!
Ingredients for 4 servings:
- ⅓ c (50 g) almond flour
- 4 red, slightly sour apples (I used organic Gala apples)
- 4 tablespoon (50 g) butter, melted
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 oz (80 g) marzipan (a dough made from almonds found in the baking isle at your grocery store)
- ⅔ c (150 ml) Schönauer Apfel apple liqueur (check here for availability in your area!)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Dried cranberries for garnish
- Vanilla bean gelato (if desired)
- Preheat oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).
- Add the almond flour to a dry non-stick pan and roast until golden brown. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.
- Wash the apples, cut off the top "lid," then carefully remove the core and cut out a generous opening. Place in individual oven-safe dishes or in one larger casserole dish.
- Divide the marzipan into 4 portions (20 g each) and press down to the bottom of the holes.
- Combine butter, sugar, cinnamon and roasted almond flour and distribute evenly between the 4 apples over the marzipan paste.
- In the same pan you used to roast the almond flour, add the Schönauer Apfel apple liqueur and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then evenly pour over each apple. Sprinkle some dried cranberries over the almond butter.
- Bake for 25 minutes without the apple lids, then add the lids on top each apple and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Serve apples in individual casserole dishes or on a plate, pouring the juices on the bottom of the casserole dish over the apple before serving. Enjoy on their own or with some vanilla bean gelato. Guten Appetit!
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