Game of Thrones (ii): Baked Apples


… a continuation of my Game of Thrones obsession; this time the dessert I served with the Sister’s Stew of the previous post. Winter is coming here, after all!

There were baked apples and berry tarts and pears poached in strong-wine. Wheels of white cheese were set at every table, above and below the salt, and flagons of hot spice wine and chilled autumn ale were passed up and down the tables.

– A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin

This dish is so simple and yet so good – especially with a dollop of cream (or vanilla ice cream) and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.

Again, this recipe is from the Feast of Fire and Ice: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer and a slightly amended version follows after the jump.

Baked Apples

  • 8 Granny Smith Apples
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2-and-1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (see Cooks Note below for recipe)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar, extra
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • dolloping cream or vanilla ice-cream, plus a cinnamon quill or sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, to serve
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Hollow out the apples by slicing off the tops and then cutting out the core. This is really the only tricky bit, because you need to leave about an inch of fruit at the bottom of the apple.
  3. Combine the cherries/cranberries, 3/4 cup brown sugar, walnuts and spice, and divide the filling among the apples, pressing firmly into the hollows.
  4. Re-top the apples and place in a baking dish, covered with tinfoil.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes-1 hour.
  6. Uncover, baste with the juices from the baking dish, and bake for another 25 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, heat the apple juice, maple syrup, extra brown sugar and butter in a small pan.
  8. Bring to the boil and reduce slightly to thicken into a gloriously sticky sauce.
  9. Drizzle the apples with the sauce, and top with a dollop of cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.  The cookbook adds a cinnamon quill to each plate for presentation, which I’d certainly consider for a dinner party.

Cooks Note:

Pumpkin Pie Spice, presumably, can be brought in US supermarkets but I haven’t seen any lurking on the shelves of my local Woolworths or Coles. Mr Google came to to the rescue as always, and thanks to  the My Baking Addiction website, I now not only have the ingredients that make this dish, but a little extra reserve that I’ve saved for future projects. All you need to do is combine 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice, and 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves, and you’re good to go.

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~ by swalloworspit on June 19, 2012.

One Response to “Game of Thrones (ii): Baked Apples”

  1. love the show, the books and baking!!

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