I like a good apple. I love a great apple. A bad apple could almost ruin my day.
My hopes weren’t too high for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, baked apples filled with fruits and nuts. It had nothing to do with the recipe and everything to do with the apples. By this time of the year, many of the apples in the supermarkets in Puerto Rico have been sitting out for a while. The odds of finding a good one amidst the mealy ones are definitely stacked against us!
Heat and spicing can redeem a bad apple a little. But you know what can help too? Pancakes.
When I cut through the first apple out of the oven and saw the dripping honey/spiced butter, I knew I needed to eat the apple with something to sop up the juices. After scavenging around the freezer, I came across two leftover pancakes from earlier in the month. The recipe for those pancakes came from Dorie’s Pancakes: From Morning to Midnight book. Before the Baking book, there were the Waffle book and the Pancake books. And they are awesome! (I don’t have the Waffle book but Cher told me she loves it).
The pancakes I had that day were the Great Grains ones – made with whole wheat flour, coarsely ground cornmeal, and oats. They were perfect against my apples, stuffed with almonds, dried fruits, honey, cinnamon, ginger and a scan teaspoon of rolled oats. The almonds and dried fruits came out of the big zipper bag of IFBC treats I still hadn’t used up, courtesy of Truly Good Foods. Their mini fruit mix is awesome! It included three types of raisins, dried cranberries, dried pineapple and papaya. Unfortunately, they don’t sell it at the retail level. The honey I used, Manuka Doctor, was also an IFBC treat. Manuka honey is created by bees who feed on the nectar of the Manuka flower, found in New Zealand. It has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant qualities.
I would make this recipe again, when fresher apples make their way into the grocery store In the meantime, I’ll keep dreaming of the great apples that kept distracting us on the way to the Washington state wine country. And honing my iMovie skills.
French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group where we blog our way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table. To see how the rest of the Doristas interpreted their baked apples, click here. The full recipe was published in the “Baking with Dorie” series over at Serious Eats.