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Tasting Autumn

Written by Patti on September 27th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Fall 2011 is only 4 days old today, but I am ready to conjure up some cool weather treats.

This luscious creation popped up in my inbox from the awesome folks at Nielsen-Massey, whose Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste, has me searching for recipes fine enough to use this paste. Tomorrow it is going into the custard for the filling in Boston Cream Pie, but I am loving this recipe right now.

Is this gorgeous or what?

Vanilla Cinnamon Apples
Serves 4

4 baking apples
3 tbsp. butter
¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp. Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. allspice
1 tbsp. brandy
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup walnuts
Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat the bottom of a shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each apple so it will stand upright. Scoop out the core of each apple from the top down with the small end of a melon ball cutter, making sure not to core all the way through the apple.

Combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla paste in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat until the butter is melted, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and stir in the cinnamon, allspice, brandy, raisins, walnuts and salt. Fill the apples with equal amounts of the filling using a teaspoon. Place the apples in the prepared baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until caramelized and fork tender.

Easy peasy!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry – God Didn’t Make Little Green Apples


3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Melanie says:

    This looks amazingly easy and yummie!
    Also, I have to stay Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry look so 21st Century Hipster in the pic! LOVE!

  2. Melanie says:

    say* whoopsy! 🙂

  3. Patti says:


    And the song still sounds really good, too!