A few days ago the supermarket had a special on apples. One bag (that you fill yourself) for 500yen ($6?). I managed to fit ten apples in the bag. When I got home to try them I understood why they would be on sale in Japan – they were a bit tart with a nice, strong flavor. Just like apples back home and very different from the bland, overly sweet apples preferred by the Japanese. Anyway, I got to making some appley desserts. They are almost sugar free (some sugar in the walnut butter) as I don’t really like sweet things at the moment. If you like sweet things add a bit of sugar to the puree.
First up, baked apple topped with walnut butter. I used this cinnamon walnut butter recipe and added some vanilla.
Baked Apple Topped with Walnut Butter
1 apple, cut into rounds and cored
Preheat the oven to 400F/200C. Spread walnut butter on the apple rounds. Place the rounds, walnut butter side up, on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20min or until the apple is a desired consistency.
1 sweet potato
cinnamon to taste
Quarter, peel (optional) and slice the apple into thin slices. Slice the sweet potato thinly. Layer sweet potato, apple and cinnamon in a crock pot or soup pot. Add water until half full. Cover and simmer on low for a few hours. Puree and serve. This also tastes good unpureed.