Baked Apples With Marzipan Filling
This is a variation of the classic baked apple with the accretion of marzipan which adds a wonderful, very delicate aroma to the flavor of the apple.
Apples come originally from Asia and were during the cold winters in Europe often the only available fruit because they are easy to store and long-lasting.
My early childhood memories are associated with the aroma of baked apples in our house when we came home after sleighing or skiing.
For the baked apples with marzipan you need:
4 medium sized not too sweet red apples
4 spoonful of marzipan paste
1 1/2 spoonful of chopped almonds
2 spoonful of dried cranberries
1 spoonful of lemon juice
Cut the cap, than core the apples (do not cut all the way through) and sprinkle them with the lemon juice.
Sprinkle the cranberries with a bit of rum and leave to macerate for about 15 minutes.
Chop the marzipan paste coarsely, than mix with the chopped almonds and the
Bake in preheated oven at 200°C (392°F) for about 20 minutes. (Time may vary according to the apples used)
Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream or Crème Fraiche.
* For the ones that are looking for a delicious low calorie dessert:
Spice the apples only with cinnamon and a bit of brown sugar before baking.