Written By Gary Hynes Dessert / Recipes Apr 6, 2011 Cinnamon Baked Apples with Hazelnut-Fennel Brittle SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterestphoto credit: Rebecca WellmanBaked apples satisfy the craving for apple pie without the commitment. The spiced nut brittle adds a caramelized crunch reminiscent of candied apples.BrittleHazelnuts, whole, toasted and skinned, 1 cup Granulated sugar, 1 cup Water, 1/4 cup Babe’s honey, 2 tbsp Salt, 1/4 tsp Fennel seeds, 1 tbsp Baked Apples Brown sugar, 3/4 cup Ground cinnamon, 2 tsp Apples, 8 medium, such as local Gravenstein, Spartan, Jonagold,Rome Beauty or Spy Butter, softened, 8 tspFor the brittle, coarsely chop hazelnuts. Measure out 1/3 cup and set aside. Finely chop remaining nuts and set those aside for the apples.The best way to approach brittle is not to rush and to keep the heat moderate. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a thick-bottomed medium sauce pan, stir sugar with water, honey and salt over low heat until dissolved. Increase heat to medium and let boil and bubble until light amber. Occasionally (and carefully) swirl pan to prevent any dark spots. This will take about 4 to 5 minutes. Immediately pour onto parchment. Tilt baking sheet to spread out as thin as possible and sprinkle with chopped nuts and fennel. Let cool completely. Break into shards.For the apples, in a bowl, mix brown sugar with cinnamon and finely chopped nuts. Trim bottoms of apples so they sit flat. Core apples, using a melon-baller. Peel a 1/2-inch ring around the cored opening. Stuff apples with cinnamon sugar mixture. Press 1 tsp butter into top of each.Place in a 9X13-inch baking dish. Pour in 1/4 cup water. Cover and bake in preheated 375F oven for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until very tender, 10 to 20 more minutes. Pierce with a sharp knife to check they are soft all the way through. Serve with vanilla ice cream and tuck in shards of brittle. DessertRecipes SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ... Read More You may also like Dessert / Recipes February 28, 2016 Sunday Baking Project Recipe selection for you Sunday baking project: Broma Bakery’s White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Fresh Blueberries. These cookies are ... Read More Beverage / Dessert / Main course / Recipes December 4, 2015 A main course, dessert and a cider float using local apples Autumn has officially arrived and so has apple season! One of the most cultivated fruits; the apples bears a bountiful harvest. A diverse fruit in ... Read More Dessert / Main course / Recipes September 23, 2015 Sweet and Savoury Galettes: Free-Form Rustic Tarts If there’s one thing I love about the end of summer, it’s harvest-time. The trees are ripe with fruit and the gardens are bursting from ... Read More Dessert / Kitchen Tools July 31, 2015 Must-Have: Cherry Clafoutis (French Custard Cake) Every summer during my early 20’s, I’d head to the Okanagan’s Similkameen Valley to pick cherries. The valley is classified as semi-desert land ... Read More Dessert / Recipes July 4, 2015 No Fail Pastry + How to Build a Fruit Pie This recipe is from “Keep Your Fork—There’s Pie” written by Cinda Chavich for the July/Aug issue of EAT. No Fail Pastry (with Lard) 6 ... Read More Dessert / Recipes October 16, 2014 Apple Tart Tatin with Chantilly Cream This delicious fall dessert comes from the EAT article “Dinner on the Farm” which appeared in the September/October 2014 issue. The ... Read More Comments are closed.