French Fridays with Dorie: Baked Apples filled with Fruits and Almonds

baked apples stuffed with fruits and almonds

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.

Baked apple stuffed with fruits and almonds

Breakfast of Champions – Great Grains Pancakes from Pancakes: From Morning to Midnight and a baked apple stuffed with fruits and almonds

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).

You know Trevor’s image of the charging, skillet wielding Doristas? Yep, from the Pancake book.

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.

baked apples stuffed with fruits and almonds

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.

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

23 Responses to “French Fridays with Dorie: Baked Apples filled with Fruits and Almonds”

  1. January 10, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    Adriana your baked apples and pancakes is a stroke of genius!

  2. January 10, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    I always wondered where that great photo originated! What a lovely breakfast pairing!

  3. January 10, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    So that’s where the photo came from! I’m going to look for the pancake book. I gues we all used our Manuka honey for this one.

  4. January 10, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    I used my Manuka honey too! Your apples look great, and serving them with pancakes…a bonne idee! Lovely photos! Have a great weekend, Andrea!!

  5. January 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Wow, I never knew she had a pancake book. And cool to see where the image comes from.

  6. January 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    I love the idea of pancakes with them. I had no idea there was a pancake and a waffle book! I just love waffles. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    • January 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

      Here’s what the cover looks like:

  7. January 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    I love Dorie’s pancake book. I need to try her Great Grain pancakes with Baked Apples. Looks and sounds delicious:) Have a great weekend.

  8. January 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    I thought this recipe would be good to use with aging apples… since I thought cooked they would be sweeter and it wouldn’t matter if they didn’t have a good texture. I don’t really associate PR with apples… at least your not in sub-zero temperatures like many of us.

    • January 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

      That’s true. Most apples come via the US (Washington, Michigan) and Argentina or Chile when the seasons flip.
      Believe me, I count my weather-blessings. 🙂

  9. January 11, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    This recipe certainly made good use of the goodies from Seattle. Hopefully you can
    enjoy this again when apples are in season.

  10. January 11, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    I really do love the waffle book – and I just ordered a copy of the pancake book. It should be here next week.

    P.S. If you want really good apples, you need to come to Upstate NY in September – not that I am biased or anything…

  11. January 11, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    First off, pancakes make everything better 🙂 Word to live by and excellent choice. I don’t know what rock I was under but I was not aware of the waffle or pancake book so really appreciate your tuning me in on that one. I just thought Trevor found a hilarious photo on the Internet but now it all makes sense…….. I am going to play around some more with my epic vinegar fail and see if I can find apple redemption since all the amazing goodies we are using from the IFBC swag deserve better than what I did to them 🙂 And fun video – great job !!!

  12. Mary Hirsch
    January 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Before I comment I want you to know that I applaud your iMovie efforts. Good for you. I have every Mac product on the universe and use only about 10% of their capabilities. (That may be why I have 10 and 12-year old grandchildren – to teach me how to do this stuff.) I am sorry there is more than one bad apple in the basket in PR right now. I never knew that Dorie published a cookbooks about pancakes and, then, waffles. That’s why I keep you around, Ms. PR, to tell me that stuff. I want you to know that I brought my Sriracha Sea Salt to Calli with me – love that stuff. For the next 3 1/2 months I have a big kitchen with gas burners so plan to do lots of cooking. I think of you every time I use it. I also will think of you the next time I make these baked apples – but will go with waffles instead of pancakes.

  13. January 12, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    Love the combination of baked apples and pancakes. It’s disappointing when apples start to get mealy. Here there’s a period where there’s no local fruit that’s at its peak, sort of from March until the first berries begin. I tend to fall off the “eat local” wagon a lot at that point…

  14. January 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    I did not get the chance to make the apples this weekend but I hope to catch up soon! Pancakes and apples are a killer combination!!

  15. January 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    Oh, THAT’S where The Photo came from — ha!! Thanks for letting me know about the Pancake book — LOVE them.

  16. January 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    I am glad you got to use some of your IFBC swag! Love even more that you ate these with pancakes! I can’t stand mealy apples either.

  17. January 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

    Looks like a great breakfast, Adriana! I used to have the Pancake book, but I gave it away because Howard will not eat any variations of pancakes. He’s a plain buttermilk pancake guy. It was depressing to not be able to try all the delicious looking recipes in that book. I’m glad you are enjoying it.
    P.S. My running season is over now. I’m not much of a runner, but the past two years I’ve been a fall-winter runner for a Thanksgiving and then January race. We’ll see if I resume in the spring.

  18. January 14, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    Fabulous! I agree that a pancake can lift even the most mediocre apple.

  19. January 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    I had no idea Dorie had a pancake book! That looks like a great breakfast that would have been even better with a great apple. I suspect my husband would have liked this more served as breakfast rather than calling it “dessert”.

  20. January 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    I had no idea Dorie had a book devoted to pancakes. One more thing to add to my ever-growing wish list!

  21. January 20, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    I clearly need the pancake book now. Bad apples are the worst, but pancakes are always good!

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