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
- 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
- 1 teaspoon lavender flowers
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.
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.
Tools and Equipment: Pastry brush, shallow ceramic dish, vegetable peeler, knife, cutting board, measuring spoon
- Apples, 3 to 4 depending on the size (Royal Gala, Empire, Fuji, or other baking apples)
- Vanilla extract
- Brown sugar
- Lavender flowers