Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mosaic Monday - APPLES!

Joining in with Mary at the Little Red House for another Mosaic Monday! Check out the Little Red House to all the talented folks who post their beautiful mosaics!

This week it's beginning to look like fall, at least somewhere! We're starting here on Long Island, not soon enough for me. I love the cool weather! Can't wait need a jacket!

Nothing says Autumn to me more than apples. I'm a little, maybe a lot, baking challenged but baking apples has never been a problem. You can't screw it up too much! One time I used chocolate covered toffee bits by mistake. A little gross, but not inedible. Overcooking? Call it dehydrated apples! I'm always on the lookout for baked apple recipe. My grandma made them using No-Cal Black Cherry soda, sprinkled with cinnamon, simple and really good.

This one is a really great Baked Apple recipe. So good. It's saucy so I didn't bother making the Caramel Sauce, but it would have been over the top delicious. I also didn't have any cream in the house. Next time for sure!

Baked Apples with Caramel Sauce
recipe by Emily Luchetti - Four-Star Desserts
Source: Saveur Magazine October 2009
Serves: 6
Printable Recipe

1⁄4 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
1⁄4 cup maple syrup (I used Grade B)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (I used 2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 firm Fuji apples, stemmed and cored
Ice cream, for serving

1 1⁄2 cups sugar
1⁄3 cup heavy cream
1⁄2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons dark rum

Make the baked apples: Heat oven to 325°. Combine sugar, syrup, butter, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl; set aside. Cut 1⁄4" from bottom of apples so that they sit flat; transfer apples to a 9" x 13" baking pan. Fill hollow cores with reserved sugar–syrup mixture. Cover apples with foil; bake until tender, about 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the caramel sauce: Heat sugar and 1⁄2 cup water in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, without stirring, until amber colored and a candy thermometer inserted into syrup reads 330˚, about 20 minutes. Remove pan from heat; let cool slightly. Add cream (caramel will bubble up slightly). Stir in raisins and rum; set aside. Serve apples with caramel sauce and ice cream.


  1. That looks so good! I haven't had those in ages. Thanks for posting the recipe, Carol..
    And I agree, Fall means apples...and leaves that have to be raked.
    Have a great week!

  2. Nice job, Carol! I like your mosaic.

  3. My mouth is watering looking at your wonderful baked apple mosaic! I love apples but haven't baked them for years. Methinks I'll give your recipe a try this week. I've shared mosaics on two blogs this week … just because ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,
    Sacred Ruminations
    Small Reflections

  4. Oooo, yum! Now I'm going to have to try that this week! Thanks for sharing at Mosaic MOnday. :)

  5. What a perfect fall dessert! Beautiful presentation and love that you share the recipes with us. ~Jeanne

  6. Very nice, mosaic, Carol ... I love the new framing ... I'll have to give your recipe a try. And I agree, the caramel sauce seems like overkill. We been having baked apples 2-3 times a week for the last months. We keep buying local apples while we can.

  7. What a beautiful mosaic with one of my favorite fruits - apples! Oh, I'm going to try this. I do adore baked apples.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. Hi Carol...

    Ohhh...your beautiful apple mosaics are so perfect for this autumn season! I always equate apples with autumn as well! Ohhh, looking at the photos of your beautiful baked apples...Mmm, I swear I could smell them! Hehe! Thanks for sharing your pretty mosaics with us and your yummy baked apple recipe!

    Warmest wishes and Happy Fall!

  9. Your mosaic has made me very very very hungry!! If your doorbell rings it's me! LOL Sharon

  10. What a beautiful and delicious looking mosaic!..Christine

  11. Those apples look so delish! I will try your recipe! Apples are abundant this time of the year!

    Have a great week!

    Ebie's Mosaic.

  12. Oh my gosh those look good! I haven't made those in so long! Thanks for reminding me!
    Have Fun~Happy Fall...

    ~Really Rainey

  13. A perfect fall desert! Great mosaic.

  14. I love baked apples, too. Grew up on them. My mom always filled them with Red Hots (little cinnamon candies) and baked them...O HONEY..
    they were so so good.....
    Your recipe sounds great..

  15. Ooh YUM! Looks good. I might try doing that anytime this week. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    Very creative take on that mosaic!

  16. We were thinking along the same lines this weekend! That recipe sounds wonderful, Carol!

    Dehydrated apples - LOL :)

  17. My mouth is watering. I love the way you have framed your photos.


  18. Yum! I love baked apples! I grew up in the mountains, so Fall does say apples for me! I will have to try your recipe! Happy week!...Debbie

  19. Hi Carol! What a great fall mosaic of those great baked apples! And you even shared a recipe. I like it!

  20. Sounds like the perfect fall dessert on a cool evening!

  21. Baked apples - Yum! Definitely a fall dish!

    Thank you for sharing the recipe with us.

    ~ Tracy

  22. Wow!!!! Your mosaic makes me the recipes too.

  23. I just bought apples and now I know one of the things I am going to do with them! They truly look good - and the cherry soda ones sound kind of fun. Does it cook down into a sauce? A beautiful mosaic too!

  24. This looks so delicious! I'm going to have to try it! Your pictures are great too!

  25. I am baking apples right now. I think I'll run in and throw some maple syrup in the pan.

  26. The baked apples with caramel sauce sounds heavenly!!! People keep asking me if I want apples..don;t know where to put them anymore - but maybe now I may take some more if I can come across recipes like this one!
    Love the mosaic!!!


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