RECIPE: Middle Eastern Baked Apples
If you're serving Middle Eastern food and want a dessert alternative to the usual baklava or other phyllo based treats, you might want to try these.
MIDDLE EASTERN BAKED APPLES
5 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
Â¼ cup sugar
Â¼ cup honey
Â½ cup shelled pistachio nuts
Â½ cup pine nuts
Â½ cup chopped walnuts
Â½ cup currants
Â¼ tsp. ground cloves
Â½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Â½ tsp. rosewater
6 medium to large Golden Delicious apples, cored
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, for serving (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8 inch square baking dish.
In a mixing bowl, cream 4 Tbs. of the butter with the sugar and honey. Add all of the nuts, the currants, cloves, cinnamon, and rosewater. Chop all of the ingredients together until the mixture resembles a paste.
Stuff each apple with the nut mixture and stand, stem end down, in the baking dish. Rub the skin of each apple with the remaining 1 Tbs. butter and sprinkle any remamining nut mixture over the apples.
Bake until the apples are soft, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm, with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.
Source: Elias Shammas