baked apples + {nuts + spices}

{La Tartine Gourmande} has published her first cookbook. Yeah! 
It will be released on February 7th. Darn!
However, in ante prima, here is one recipe from the book. Yeah! 
No, I don't have the book. Darn! 
I found the recipe on a blog I love {Sprouted Kitchen}.
PS: By the way, it's almost my birthday....

baked apples + {nuts + spices}
by Beatrice Peltre
(La Tartine Gourmande)

4 tbs dried cranberries or golden raisins, chopped
4 tbs unsalted pistachios, chopped
4 tbs slivered almonds, chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup apple juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or one vanilla bean
zest of one lemon
4 apples such as pink lady, winesap, liberty
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp turbinado sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350′.
2. Combine the dried fruit, pistachios and almonds in a small bowl. Stir in the cinnamon and set aside.
3. In a saucepan, combine the apple juice, vanilla extract or seeds of the vanilla bean and lemon zest. Bring it to a simmer for 5 minutes for everything to infuse. Turn off the heat and let it cool.
4. Core the apples and cut about 1/4 of the top off, reserving the tops (I used a melon baller to scoop out a bit of a pocket in the apple core, this is optional).
5. Put the apples in an ovenproof dish. Divide the nut stuffing between the apples and cover them with their tops.
6. Pour the infused juice and oil over the apples and sprinkle with the sugar.
7. Bake for one hour or until the flesh is tender, regularly drizzling with the cooking juice. Remove from the oven and serve warm with the juices and plain yogurt, whipping cream or ice cream on the side.

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