Thursday, October 21

Maple and Ginger Baked Apples with Spice Whipped Cream

Do you  mind if I brag for a moment about my friends?  I promise it's not to make you feel bad or left out, but to let you know that a good group of friends can make a world of difference.

Since moving to Nashville, Cope and I have made some of the best friends we have ever had.  Not just one or two, but a group of people that we've all become super close with.  They've become our surrogate family in many ways; we share meals, weekends and holidays with them.  I've never had such a close-knit group of friends like this, and after years of fantasizing about having "Friends" of our own, my wish has finally come true ("I'll be there for you...").

These Nashville peeps of ours are a talented group as well.  Annoyingly talented.  And, not just in the musical sense.  We all share a love of the arts, and I suppose that's why we've all connected so well.  Each of them is following their heart in pursuing a dream all their own.  There is a fire amongst our friends that I've never witnessed before.  In large, they've all been an inspriation for me to follow my own dreams and I don't think I could have started this book without them.  Not to mention I have a full-on creative staff complete with a graphic designer, photographer, jewelry designer (more to come) and editor.

And there is no lack of encouragement, either.  I'm convinced it's this support system that keeps us all trying, failing, and getting closer to that dream everyday.

The reason I'm sharing this with you today is because I am feeling especially grateful for my friends.  Grateful to have such wonderful people in my life that are a positive force in every way.  And the only way I really know how to show a little gratitude is to whip up something yummy!

I had my first baked apple several weeks ago, and fell in love.  I've been thinking about them ever since, and trying to figure out a way to add in some of my favorite fall spices and textures.  After coring the apple, I stuffed it with a topping that I've used for the "Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie" but substituted the brown sugar with maple syrup, and added fresh ginger.  And of course, an inside-out apple pie isn't complete without something creamy to dip it in.  It's super easy to make, and a fun treat to serve your guests at a Pumpkin Carving Party, or any other fall festivity for that matter.  And it makes your house smell extra dreamy.

Maple and Ginger Baked Apples with Spice Whipped Cream

4 rome or gala apples
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, plus 2 tablespoons
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup quick rolling oats
4 cinnamon sticks
1 cup whipping cream
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar

Heat oven to 450 degrees.  Core apple with melon baller.  Peel about 1 inch of skin from tops of apples; cut a sliver off bottom so apples can stand.  Place in 9-inch glass pie plate.

In a bowl, mix together flour, oats and grated ginger.  Pour in 1/2 cup maple syrup and stir.  Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until combined.

Scoop mixture into each apple and round off top.  Insert cinnamon stick into each one.  Place remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons maple syrup in pie plate.

Bake apples for about 35 minutes, basting occasionally with pan juices.  Pierce apple with fork and when tender, remove from oven.  Watch carefully as oven temps vary.

Spice Whipped Cream:
In a chilled metal bowl, whip cold cream just until soft peaks form.  Add confectioners' sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and whip until soft peaks return.  Serve alongside baked apples and drizzle with warm pan juices.

What are you thankful for today?


  1. Ummm, Im thinkin' that I am thankful for maple and ginger baked apples! Holy Cow!

  2. This recipe sounds amazing!! I'm just kicking myself that I didn't check your blog earlier or surely I would have incorporated these into my little Halloween party!

    I am so happy for you, Ames. That you found your niche and that you are surrounded with people that love and adore you (although, how could anyone NOT?!) and that you feel the same way about them.

    I know you know this, but hang on to them- genuine good friends are hard to come by. Especially the kind that lift you up and make you feel like a better person for just knowing them!

    Love the fall pics of the sassy boots & apples...what could be any better?!

  3. I absolutely love those pictures!! That recipe looks delicious, I will be trying that one real soon. I am so glad to hear that you are happy there and have made some wonderful friends. You are so friendly and loving that I think people just naturally love to be around you. Uncle Joe says hi.

  4. Ok...quite possible the best baked apple I have ever had. Well actually it was the first and only baked apple I have ever had. It was freakin amazing! My friend Ashleigh and I made them right before we had a pumpkin carving party it was perfect! So good fact while I was shopping a couple of random people and I had a conversation about what we were making, they told me they wanted this recipe and I referred them to your blog...well a few days later they came back into my store and said that they loved your blog and they were going to try a few different things that were on your blog not just your apples! :) Well anyways I thought you should know that your fan base is growing! Love you Amy!

    P.S. I added a tablespoon of pumpkin to the mix used a little brown sugar and substituted the oats for organic vanilla almond granola that I got in the bulk section because we were out of oats! (I didn't know that it was possible to be out of oats) But it was out of this world! Thank you for the best idea of the season thus far!

    P.S.S. Remember Apple Hill? This reminds me of that and that I have not been since I was a little kid!