Stuffed Apples with Spices and Nuts

These are the stuffed, baked apples that Grandma has been making since I know her – year in and year out, from October to March. She often makes them plain, with just a little water and some cinnamon and butter, but whenever in the mood for something more substantial, she add nuts and dried fruits.

I prefer the richer version, which I’m sharing below. Feel free to change the types of nuts and dried fruits based on what you have on hand.


Stuffed Apples with Spices and Nuts (Mele Cotte)

4 fuji or pink lady apples
4 tbsp dried raisins
2 tbsp rum or grappa
4 tbsp walnuts, chopped
4 tbsp almonds, chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
240 ml/ 1 cup fresh squeezed apple juice (not the clear one)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp dark brown sugar (muscovado)

Preheat the oven to 180C/350°.

Soak the raisins in liqueur for 10 minutes. Cut the top off each apple and core them (set the tops aside). In a small bowl, add the soaked raisins with their liquid, walnuts, almonds and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat apple juice with the vanilla until simmering. Put the apples in a baking pan and stuff them with the fruit and nut mix. Pour over the apple juice and sprinkle them with sugar. Close them with their own tops.

Bake for about 1 hour, or until their flesh is tender, basting with the cooking liquid every 15 minutes or so. Serve warm with a couple of spoonfuls of their cooking juices.

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18 Comments

  1. Eva {not your mama's dinner} February 29, 2012

    Hmmm… Baked apples are the PERFECT comfort food! I usually add a little bit of red wine too it. Wine is comforting too 😉

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    • Valeria March 2, 2012

      Agree! I will surely try with wine next time!!

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  2. la domestique February 29, 2012

    I can just smell the lovely aroma now. I am a planner as well, and so I feel for you and your worries. I hope the best for you!

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    • Valeria March 2, 2012

      Hopefully everything will end up smooth and easy 🙂 Thank you much, I give you an apple in change for your kind words. 🙂

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  3. l'albero della carambola February 29, 2012

    Adoro le mele cotte e adoro i post come questo: le tue foto trasmettono il profumo di questo insieme di sapori così…"edificante". Complimenti
    simona

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    • Valeria March 2, 2012

      Grazie mille Simona. In effetti, finché si può, finché la primavera non c'invade, è meglio farle e godersele perché fanno davvero bene allo spirito.

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  4. rossella February 29, 2012

    sento positivo, per te, cara. e dammi retta, che io sono una strega… ;-P

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    • Valeria March 2, 2012

      Ti ascolto, ti ascolto…Che altro vedi? 🙂

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  5. Michael February 29, 2012

    Lovely baked apples. Dreamy and delicious photos too!

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    • Valeria March 2, 2012

      Thank you Michael. Your words make me really happy!

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  6. Roberta | Il senso gusto February 29, 2012

    cara Valeria, il mantra del pensiero positivo funziona anche con me. Ma per il semplice fatto che ho imparato a ripetermi che è inutile preoccuparsi di cose che potrebbero accadere se non si sono ancora manifestate e soprattutto la mia esperienza mi ha insegnato che la vita è fatta da momenti belli e momenti brutti ed entrambi devono coesistere come il giorno e la notte. Il profumo delle tue mele si sente fino a qui, nel mio soggiorno 🙂

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    • Valeria March 2, 2012

      Hai ragione. Devo imparare di più dalle filosofie orientali, in tutti i sensi. Meditazione, calma, accettazione dello spirito manicheo del mondo. Queste mele, in effetti, aiutano molto almeno per i primi due punti, sul terzo ci sto lavorando. 🙂

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  7. Claudia February 29, 2012

    QUeste foto mi hanno fatto venire l'acquolina in bocca! una ricetta semplice ma davvero deliziosa! Anche mia nonna faceva sempre le mele al forno…ma lei le caramellava con il vino e lo zucchero, queste ripiene invece sono molto meglio! Buone!!!

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    • Valeria March 2, 2012

      vino e zucchero, mi sto sognando il profumo. Io questa volta ho voluto abbondare per triplicare l'effetto benefico sullo spirito, senza pentirmene! 🙂

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  8. marla February 29, 2012

    Fabulous! Linking back to this in my next post 🙂

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    • Valeria March 2, 2012

      Thank you, Marla! Happy you liked it.

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  9. Katie Mar March 1, 2012

    oh wow!! a healthy dessert that tastes just as sinful. YUMMO!

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    • Valeria March 2, 2012

      Yep, that's its secret! You can enjoy it whenever you want. 🙂

      Reply

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