Spring is here, the cherry trees are beginning to blossom here in Rome, and I still had Christmas marzipan lurking in the fridge. Our basket of mysterious, old, or challenging pantry items to use up is shrinking (samples: Chinese salted black beans, cod liver pâté, dusty meringues, alici piccante – spicy anchovies, which turned out to be amazing on pizza) and now it was time for that marzipan to go. It’s been sitting in the back of the fridge in a desolate row of jars with leftover bits and pieces: fondant, harissa, truffle butter, tamarind paste, and more of those ingredients that would be great for something, eventually….. No, now we had a friend coming over for our weekly TV night, and we needed an easy dessert. Hmmmmm…. I’d seen Baked Marzipan Apples on Recipe Reminiscing, a very enjoyable and highly recommended Norwegian-English blog with delightfully retro recipes, and took that as my inspiration. The original includes marzipan, rum, raisins and cream, and looks amazing! This is is a more stripped-down weeknight version.
Marzipan-stuffed baked apples for three
70-80 grammes marzipan (what we had left…)
2 tbs butter
2 tsp golden caster sugar
Heat the oven to 220C. Peel and core the apples. Stuff the cores with a sausage of marzipan, and slather some butter on top to seal the gap. Sprinkle some golden caster sugar on top. Place the apples in a greased ovenproof dish. Bake 15-20 min until they feel soft. Enjoy!
Not so pretty, but these were very nice just like this, and the sweet marzipan core contrasted well with the lingering tartness of the apples. Custard or cream on the side would be good too, but our visiting friend is on a diet, so we were trying to be morally supportive (despite the marzipan).
We have TV nights on Tuesdays with this friend, and we are currently watching Forbrydelsen series 3 (with subtitles), so dessert also has to be easy to eat when on the sofa. I’m wondering if I could do chocolate stuffed pears in a similar way, maybe sliced in two and wrapped in foil to hold them together while baking? Pears are harder to core, unless I found really firm ones, but that might just work. To be tested!
Happy FF59 to all!