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Patrick and Gina have a super tasty version of the baked apple here.
One of my favorite medieval desserts that's still eaten today, and that I LOVE, is the baked apple. Medieval food was cooked over open flame on spits, metal platters, grates, pots, or in brick ovens. The closest a modern person has to these items are usually pots and pans on the stove, a gas or electric oven and a grill. So I will simply explain the recipe with the use of modern appliances, satisfied with the knowledge that the dish has ancient origins.
One medium apple (tart or sweet)
2 Tablespoons sugar (or brown sugar if desired)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Leaving the skin on the apple, dig out the core and seeds, leaving a half-inch of it at the bottom to keep the sugar mixture from falling through. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and pour into the middle of the apple. Place in a small baking dish and pour a ¼ inch of water into bottom of the dish so apple is sitting in the water*. Bake about 45 minutes or until apple is to desired softness. Drizzle the apple-syrup accumulated in bottom of pan over the apples. Enjoy with some modern ice cream :-).
*You can also STEAM the apple in a COVERED pot on the stove, or even in the microwave, rather than bake it – using about the same amount of water in the bottom and steaming for a little less time.
MODERN VARIATION: BAKED APPLE DUMPLING - My personal favorite is to PEEL and completely CORE the apple, place it on a rolled out 8 by 8-inch square of pie crust pastry dough rolled to 1/8-inch thick (homemade or store bought) then pour sugar/cinnamon mixture into the center of the apple. Wrap the entire apple in the pie pastry, covering it completely. Bake in ungreased dish (NO water in the bottom) at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30-40 minutes (45-60 for large apples) until surrounding crust begins to golden (NOT BROWN). Remove and eat with vanilla ice cream. Tastes just like apple pie!
|Pre-baked Apple Dumplings - Photo by Elsie Park|
|Baked Apple Dumplings -Photo by Elsie Park|