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Baked Apples with White wine

An healthy dessert, super easy to make and perfect to add a little cozy to a fall or winter evening.




You can make a bigger batch and store them in the fridge up to a week, so you can quickly reheat them in a microwave and enjoy as a snack or dessert.

The fun part of making this dessert is that you can top it up with whatever you like: nuts, seeds, yoghurt, coconut cream...

SERVES 4


Ingredients

  • 4 large apples (any variety, I love Golden Delicious for this recipe)

  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar or any other sweetener you prefer

  • 1 and 1/2 cup of white wine (any wine would work)

  • 1 tsp of cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º and line a baking pan with parchment paper or foil.

  2. Halve the apples and carve out the core.

  3. Place the halved apples on the baking pan - with the flesh facing up.

  4. Pour the wine over the apples.

  5. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top of the apples.

  6. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the apples are soft and the sugar on top is caramelized.

  7. Serve warm, drizzling the pan juice on top of the apples as well as all your favorite toppings: nuts, yogurt, coconut cream...

Buon Appetito!

 

The most famous apple tree of the history


Did you know that Newton's apple tree still exists? Yes, the one that "inspired" the British scientist Isaac Newton to formulate his theory of Universal Gravitation. The legend tells that the episode of the apple falling on his head happened in 1666 when Newton was a student at Cambridge University. Due to an outbreak of plague in the country, the school temporarily closed forcing the scientist to move back to his childhood home in Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire. There, while resting under the shade of an apple tree, fruit fell in his head making him question why everything on the earth always falls in a straight line.


The famous tree is still proudly standing and producing crops nowadays in the orchard of Woolsthorpe Manor. It survived a big storm in 1820, when it blew down but was fortunately rerooted and it is now almost 400 years old! Its variety is called "Flower of Kent", which produces a green cooking apple, quite acidic and not very good for today taste standard. This is why this variety is not cultivated anymore for commercial purposes but few descendants of the trees at Woolsthorpe Manor are grown in different parts of the world by various scientific institutions like the MIT, Cambridge Trinity College, University of Tokyo, and the University of British Columbia.



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