Baked Glassine Apples

Desserts from Issue 6 – Fall / Winter 2015 – Magic

In the story of Snow White, beauty is both a blessing and a curse. “Mirror, mirror, on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?” When her envious stepmother heard the mirror’s response, Snow White was banished to the woods. But the hired huntsman didn’t have the, ahem, heart to slay Snow White and she found shelter in a tiny house with seven tiny dwarves. The desperate and despicable queen would try again, first with a poisonous comb and then a poisonous apple that “looked so pretty that everyone who saw it longed for it.” Our buttery baked apples with a sheen as crystalline as Snow White’s glass coffin are indeed the fairest of them all.

serves 6

  • cup cup turbinado (raw) sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • a few gratings nutmeg
  • a pinch salt
  • 6 crisp sweet apples (we like Galas), halved stem to base, cored if you choose.
  • crème fraîche or whipped cream for serving

  • 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring sugar, water, and cinnamon stick to a simmer in a small sauce pan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add butter, nutmeg, and salt, stirring until butter is melted.

  • 2

    Place apples in a medium roasting pan. Pour syrup over apples along with cinnamon stick, turning apples to coat, then arrange cut sides up.

  • 3

    Bake apples, basting occasionally, until tender and glassy, about 40 minutes.