Baked Molasses Apples

Ok you might be thinking, baked molasses apples, sounds good but isn't that more of a fall recipe? Well I just think it is a nice simple dessert, or snack, that can be made in any season.

So on the recipe is says small apples. Many might say, well what kind of apple? I couldn't really say. I just used the small apples that my Mom buys for us to eat. Just use your favorite type of apple! As long as its not something soft or mealy, it will do.

When I was little I would never go near Molasses. I thought it was weird, some thick, brown syrupy thing that smelled. And my Dad would always put it on his waffles, so one time I tried it, figuring that you could eat a spoonful of it like you could maple syrup. Umm wrong. But then a month ago I sent a cookie package to my Great Grandpa on almost the other side of the country and one of them was a molasses bar cookie. And the molasses was so tasty. I had a revelation, molasses is good!

Wrinkly little devils.

The weather in the Bay Area has been so weird lately! One week it is cold and feels like fall, last week was hot as heck and now it is back to being cool again. Is it really summer? 

Baked Molasses Apples

6 small apples
2 tbsp brown sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp (28g) butter, cold & cubed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup (26g) walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup (85g) molasses

Oven 375. Lightly grease a small baking dish. Cut the steams
from each apples, then using a melon baller, scoop out 
the core. Make sure to create a big enough hole to 
stuff the filling into. Place upright in baking dish. 
In a small bowl, combine sugar, salt, butter & cinnamon 
until it becomes a thick paste. Add in walnuts then divide
evenly among apples, filling the centers. Drizzle 
molasses over each apple then fill the pan with enough 
water to just cover the bottom of the dish. Bake, basting
often with the liquid in the pan until apples are tender &
filling is golden, 35-40 minutes.

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