This treat is so easy to prepare and you can create as many variations as you can imagine. You can use different fruits to stuff with many yummy things, like dried fruits, nuts, spices, crunchy elements, or nut butter... but this recipe is based on my lovely memories from Sweden.
The first destination of our volunteering adventure was a lovely organic farm close to the famous Kopparberg village. I was a bit afraid of spending a couple of weeks as a choosy person at a place with vegetarian hosts, so I've prepared my emergency stock of tuna cans, just in case. It was a great experience, and a good lesson from life because I was not open-minded enough, that's why I needed those cans... but during our stay, I didn't open a single one, just enjoyed the new vegetarian dishes I'd never tried before and you can imagine: all dishes were made of the premium vegetables and fruits from the farm or the ingredients from the near forest.
One night we prepared baked apples together. I got all the instructions in Swedish which I really enjoyed since I had a chance to use what I've learnt during the previous months at my language lessons. I'm a big fan of hot-cold opposites on a plate, so this dessert with piping hot apples and cold vanilla sauce instantly became my new favourite.
In my opinion, two ingredients turn this treat a bit more Scandinavian: the mandelmassa (almond paste) which is a typical element of many Swedish pastries and vaniljsås (vanilla sauce) that Swedes really love to pour over their desserts.
- 4 large apples
- Almond paste or marzipan
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Walnut, almond or other nuts
- Maple syrup or honey
- Small butter cubes
- Vanilla sauce chilled
- Remove the core of the apples and place the fruits into a small baking tray or oven dish.
- Chop the nuts and mix them with the cinnamon. I've used my food processor.
- Slice the almond paste.
- Stuff the apples with nuts and almond paste. Try to create different layers.
- Put some butter on the top and pour some maple syrup over the fruits.
- Bake it at 200 °C for about 15 minutes.
- Serve the hot baked apples with cold vanilla sauce... and of course, you can add more maple syrup too! :)