BAKED APPLES WITH HONEY AND GINGER
This is a light dessert, filled with honey's sweetness and a clean spiciness from the ginger.
Ginger, although undeniably a very "exotic" and Eastern spice to many, has been known in Scandinavia at
least since the sixteenth century, perhaps as far back as the fourteenth century. Ginger was originally
used for medicinal purposes, but it gradually worked its way into many Scandinavian cakes and desserts.
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4 sweet apples, such as Golden Delicious
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons finely chopped ginger
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 teaspoons sour cream, or more (optional)
|Preheat the oven to 450° F.|
|Remove the core from each apple without cutting all the way through, forming a hollow 2/3 inch to 1 inch
in diameter. (If you are preparing the apples in advance, brush them with lemon juice to prevent discoloring.)
Place the apples in a baking dish. |
|Fill the cavities with the honey and chopped ginger and top each one off with a small
lump of butter.|
Bake on the lowest oven rack for about 45 minutes, until the apples are tender. Check on the apples every once
in a while—if there are signs that the honey is burning, turn down the heat.
Serve hot or warm, topping each apple with a teaspoon or more of the sour cream, if desired.|