I love apples but teeth I need to be careful of due to a recent root canal and an upcoming crown have prevented me from enjoying a fresh apple for many more months that I care to think about. So this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Long and Slow Apples, p 390) was a perfect recipe for me. The fact that I have been suffering with a nasty stomach bug since the day I got home from Burma was another reason I was happy for this recipe this week. A little bit of apple with some ginger and spices (and less butter than the recipe called for) was a nice treat for my poor unhappy tummy once I started eating more than rice again!
Dorie’s recipe is very simple – thin slices of apples brushed with butter and sprinkled with a mix of sugar, ground ginger and coriander with some orange zest in there too. You are supposed to layer the apple slices in small ramekins, cover the ramekins with both plastic wrap and then foil, and bake for a couple of hours. I was dubious about the plastic wrap (though Dorie says “don’t worry, the plastic wrap won’t melt”) so, Doubting Thomas that I am, made one with plastic and the rest with parchment over the top of the apples. The parchment was fine. The plastic? Well I don’t know where it went but it wasn’t on the ramekin when I brought it out of the oven after 90 minutes.
As I was writing this post, I now realise that Dorie does say to weigh the ramekins down to press the apples slightly while you are cooking them – a step I managed to ignore – so perhaps that was the reason the plastic on the one ramekin melted? Maybe the contact with the apples might mean that the plastic doesn’t melt. In any case, I don’t see the need to weigh them down – the apples were quite mushy when I took them out at 90 minutes – not sure they needed any more pressing? I’ll try it again for sure because the flavour of these was really good and I see in the LA Times (where the recipe appears – link below) that it can be a fabulously elegant dessert, not the rustic little ramekins I produced here
In any case, plastic wrap dilemma aside, this was a dish that made the house smell gorgeous and I will remember it again for an easy dessert or breakfast (I ate mine this week with a tiny dollop of Greek yoghurt and a sprinkle of granola).
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