As the pages on the calendar turn and we move into fall, I’m reminded of waking up on chilly mornings smelling apples baking. My grandma could cook, ladies and gents, and this treat was like having dessert for breakfast. The only complicated thing about the recipe is coring an apple; how many of you have an actual apple corer in one of your kitchen drawers? I know I don’t. I use a thin paring knife with a 6″ blade, like you would use for filleting fish, and a metal spoon. Cut a cylinder around the core as best you can and dig the core out with the spoon – it’s a bit of work, but there’s really no way to screw it up. If you accidentally cut all the way through and leave a hole, don’t worry about it. Just use a small baking dish that lets the liquid ingredients cover the bottom of the apple, and it will absorb all the tasty goodness.
Cannabutter Baked Apples
1 large red apple – Jonagold and Braeburn are great for baking
2 1/2 tablespoons cannabutter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar – brown sugar adds depth to the flavor, but whatever kind you have on hand will work.
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup apple cider, apple juice or water
1 tablespoon honey, agave or maple syrup
Cinnamon “red hots” candies, whipped cream or sweetened heavy cream, if desired
Set about 2 teaspoons of cannabutter aside and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Carefully core the apple so the middle is empty but the bottom of the apple is still intact (don’t worry if you have to core it completely).
Mix cinnamon, sugar, flour and the larger portion (2 tablespoons or so) of your cannabutter in a bowl; the mixture should be wet and crumbly. Rub about 1 teaspoon of reserved cannabutter on the underside of the apple (if you cored it completely rub the butter on the exposed apple flesh at the bottom; it’s to keep it from sticking to your pan.) Then place the apple in a small oven safe dish and fill the core with crumb topping. Top crumb topping with a small piece of butter then drizzle your honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar over the apple. Carefully pour apple cider into the bottom of the dish. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the apple seems soft and the crumbs are lightly browned. Allow to cool and be sure to serve the apple with the cooking liquid, it’s delicious too!
Depending on how I’m feeling, I top these apples with simple whipping cream, sweetened whipped cream, or ice cream and always cinnamon red hots. You could even tuck one of Cannaceutics’ hybrid cinnamon lozenges into the middle of the crumb topping before baking for extra flavor and a bump in THC. Embrace fall and enjoy!