This fall, I was making baked apples for a family gathering and was trying to minimize the amount of sugar so that everyone could have some. I used dried orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, and coriander. I then divided the giant bowl in two, playing with the level of honey added. One got a small amount, the other almost none. Hands down the 'almost none' batch was the favorite. Since then I've made a few variations and my absolute favorite has fresh orange peel, and no sugar added. I love using the fresh orange peel at this time of year when Florida citrus is available.
Good, flavor- filled apples and better quality/ fresh spices are the base of this recipe's success.
. The Recipe
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees-Approx. 5 medium to large apples (I use different varieties together like Stayman, Piney River Gold, Honey Crisp, Fuji etc. ) Peeled and cut into 1/8 inch slices.
- 1/2 tsp. dried orange peel or about 1 tablespoon fresh!
- 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
-approx. 4 tbsp. quality butter
Mix all spices thoroughly with prepared apples in a large bowl, transfer to a 4 quart baking dish and top with butter. Cover and bake for about 45 minutes, stirring the apples a couple times to distribute butter and juices. Let cool and enjoy!