Winter is fast approaching and the skies have turned ebony black so much faster than I have expected. Temperatures have also dipped so quickly – Looks like it’s another painful long winter in the UK this year! To combat the perpetual cold and gloominess, I have turned to one of my go-to-desserts that combine 3 of my favourite food items into 1 dish: Red Wine, Apples and Cinnamon! When served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, the sweet, sticky and slightly alcoholic dessert really hits the spot!
What’s more, it also leaves half a bottle of red wine for me to gulp down as plain water – No, I mean to sip and enjoy in the night. ;)
Ingredients for Baked Apples with Red Wine & Cinnamon: Serves 2-3
Baked Apples with Red Wine & Cinnamon
2 Apples*, peeled, cored and sliced thin
Red Wine*, half a bottle
Coarse Brown Sugar, a handful
Sea Salt, a dash
Cinnamon, to taste
*A more spongy apple variety is desirable in order for the apples to soak up more of the wine syrup.
A good quality red wine is also essential if you want the dessert to have that alcoholic spike!
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celcius for 15 minutes approximately.
Two very fresh apples of a variety I cannot identify hmmmn. Remove the skin, core and seeds.
It is generally better to have the apples sliced thinly, so that the apples would cook faster and also soak up more of the red wine thoroughly.
Pour red wine into baking dish, sprinkle generously with coarse brown sugar crystals and a dash of sea salt, before sprinkling ground cinnamon powder. I have gone a little overboard with the cinnamon it seems!
Put into preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the sides of the apples start to crisp up. If you prefer a thoroughly moist and non-crispy rendition, wrap the baking dish with aluminium foil and poke little holes in them.
The remaining wine left should be thicker and slightly sticky like a syrup. If you prefer, you can further reduce it in a pan into a deep intense wine syrup! Serve warm with lots of syrup, or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a more indulgent experience. :)
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