Photography © Laurent Fau
What dessert could be more perfect for fall than baked apples? This treat is spiced with cinnamon and delicious served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Preheat the oven to 300°F. Peel the apples and core them. Brush with lemon juice to discourage browning.
- In a small saucepan, warm the orange juice with the zest, vanilla sugar, spices, butter, and honey, swirling the pan, until melted.
- Fit the apples snugly into an ovenproof dish. Drizzle with the spiced orange juice and cover with foil. Reduce the oven temperature to 250°F and bake for 2 hours, turning the apples occasionally. If you like, decorate them with cinnamon sticks just before serving.
Note: If you don’t have ready-made vanilla sugar, prepare your own by storing used, dried vanilla beans in a closed jar of sugar for at least 1 week. Simply replace any sugar you use to have a permanent supply on hand.
Excerpted from © Petite Patisserie by Christophe Felder and Camille Lesecq, Rizzoli New York, 2020. Photography © Laurent Fau.