RECIPE: Baked Apples with Vanilla and Lavender, Fragrant Fruit + Flowers.

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The scent of baking sweet apples, cinnamon and vanilla are a quintessential combination.

Fresh, fragrant and a lovely twist, Lavender flowers blended with apples to create an exquisite delight for the senses in this easy recipe from an award-winning cookbook.

Baked Apples with Vanilla and Lavender

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 apples, depending on the size (Royal Gala, Empire, Fuji or other baking apples)
  • 11⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sherry
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon lavender flowers

Directions

Lightly butter shallow a microwave-safe dish. Stove Top: Peel the apples, cut them in half, then core them and slice them into 6 to 8 slices. Place them in a medium sized pot on the stove at medium heat, sprinkle with the vanilla, sugar, sherry, cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, and half the lavender flowers. Cook until the apples are softened and pierce easily with a knife.

Tip: Don’t have a pastry brush for buttering the dish? Use a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap to spread the butter.

Finish

Transfer the apples to a serving dish and sprinkle with the remaining lavender flowers. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly caramelized.

Notes

Tools and Equipment: Pastry brush, shallow ceramic dish, vegetable peeler, knife, cutting board, measuring spoon

Shopping List

  • Apples, 3 to 4 depending on the size (Royal Gala, Empire, Fuji, or other baking apples)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Brown sugar
  • Sherry
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Lavender flowers
simply summer cookbookRecipe published with permission. From the award-winning cookbook, “Simply Summer: Gourmet Meals Made Deliciously Easy with Tips for Elegant Living” by Angela Tunner.