I can tell the season is changing by the light that is available in my shooting area. It seemed to have changed almost over night. Once a light filled area, now I have to rush to take advantage of the good light. Once I realized that life was changing right before my eyes, I began to pay attention the the gentle tap, tap, tapping of Fall knocking on our front door.
Then there were the apples. It happened almost over night. One day there shelves were filled with last of summer berries and stone-fruit, then in a blink, apples, squash and pears were lining the aisles. I am not complaining as I am eager to start warming the house with the comforts of Fall.
When I see apples I immediately think of Lenny and his love affair with apple pie. I am not a big apple pie eater; but, it gives me pleasure to roll out the crust, tenderly slice the apples and bake a pie for him. I love watching him enjoy each bite, his eyes tinkle and the corners of his mouth turn up. It is nice.
This time my thoughts turned from apple pie to baked apples. Mainly because we did not need a big pie begging us to eat it, every time we walked by. Baked apples are the guilt free version of a pie; no crust and no scoops of vanilla ice cream. But, you still get the spicy aromas that will fill your house with love.
I used Gala apples for this recipe. We love how they are slightly tart and slightly sweet with each juicy bite. If, you get a perfect one, the juices will run down your chin with each bite. And their firm texture held up to baking … perfectly. While the apples baked and made our kitchen cozy, I made a decadent creme anglaise to serve along side the warm apples. It was perfect; baked gooey apples and vanilla bean spiked cream.
Do you have a favorite apple recipe? Sweet? Savory?
** Be sure to visit the Food Network Summer Fest bloggers to see what other delicious apples recipes you can make to welcome Fall. Next week will be all about potatoes!
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Jewish Apple Cake
Virtually Homemade: Apple Pie Muffin
Chez Us: Baked Apples With Creme Anglaise
Daily*Dishin: Easier-than-Pie Creamy Apple Bake
Made by Michelle: Pear Apple Crisp
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Apple, Fennel and Cheddar Cheese Panini
From My Corner of Saratoga: Spiced Apple Dutch Baby
Thursday Night Dinner: Apple Bread Pudding
Devour: 7 Apple Desserts Beyond Pie
Healthy Eats: Marrying the Apple With New Flavors
FN Dish: Let’s Go Apple Picking