My entire food systems lab had been leading up to one thing – our special event. Each team in lab had to produce a dinner for 24 guests. Luckily for me, I had a fabulous team and our event went on without a hitch.
This was my favorite dish from the dinner, my group’s favorite dish, and 22 out of 24 guests’ favorite dish. With apples coming into season (at least in the U.S.), this dessert is perfect for making the most out of the seasonal fruit. The presentation is absolutely adorable and it is a great way to end a meal (especially if you add a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream to it).
Another bonus, this recipe can be prepped a few hours in advance. The topping and the apple can be prepared and then assembled later before dessert is served or the apple can be cooked and then served 1-2 hours later; it all depends on your preference and schedule. However you want to do it, this dessert makes for a really easy addition to your holiday meal.
Baked Apple with Crisp Topping
From: Food Network
Total Time: 55 minutes
- 2 apples (recommended: Fuji or McIntosh) (I recommend Granny Smith apples because they are traditionally baking apples with firmer flesh that I believe yields a better texture. Plus, the tartness of these green apples complements the sweetness of the jam and topping. The only downside to these apples is that the skin is tougher to eat.)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup strawberry jam, jelly, or preserves
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons butter, cold and diced
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup oats, uncooked (You want rolled oats for this.)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Cut each apple in half along its equator (we cut ours vertically along the stem. It was easier to scoop the core out and created better-sitting cups). Using a melon baller, cut out each side of the core, creating a rounded hole. Rub exposed apple flesh with lemon juice. Place 1 tablespoon of jam into each hole. For the topping: in a small bowl mix together flour, butter, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, and salt. Press this mixture on the top of each apple, covering jam. Place in baking dish filled with about 1/4-inch of water. Bake until top is golden brown and apple is tender, about 35 to 40 minutes. (Depending on your oven, you may need to open the door of the oven for the last 5-10 minutes of baking in order to release steam from the oven and let the topping crisp.)