This weekend Jews will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year! You can celebrate too by making a traditional Jewish new year dessert, baked apples. Brought to you by Forward, this baked apple recipe uses granola as a filling, which makes it perfect to enjoy on a chilly fall morning!
6 medium McIntosh apples (or another good baking apple)
¼ cup light brown sugar
½ cup granola (homemade or store-bought)
2 tablespoons raisins, optional
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Zest of ½ a lemon
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup boiling water
1) Preheat oven to 375˚ F. Using a sharp paring knife, cut out each apple stem. Use a spoon or melon baller to scoop out the cores, leaving the bottom ½ inch of the apples intact. The holes left in the apples should be about an inch wide.
2) Stir together the brown sugar, granola, raisins (if using), cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest and salt in a small bowl. Stuff each apple with the granola mixture, then place in a baking dish (any size that comfortably fits the apples is fine.) Top each apple with a few pieces of butter.
3) Pour the boiling water into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake, basting once or twice with juices from the dish, until the apples are tender but not mushy, 25-35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.