Frosted Baked Apples, Victorian Christmas Favourite. Gluten-free

There are so many traditional sweets based on apples and eggs which were served in the Christmas period, some recipes we have dating back to the Elizabethan period. Amongst them were the poetically named 'Snow Pudding', 'Apple Florentine', 'Dish Of Snow', 'Snow Cream' and the notorious 'Apple Hedgehog' the bane of cooks and hostesses alike and no doubt the cause of many a nervous breakdown in the kitchen. This latter, a fiendishly difficult and spectacular party centrepiece was finally abandoned by the Victorians as being 'too laborious' but I am going to attempt it in mini version. Another similarly spectacular dish was 'Pommes Flambantes' aka 'Blazing Apples' aka 'Apple Yule Logs' which as the name suggests involves a pyrotechnic element. Hopefully I will get around to this dish too.

Frosted Baked Apples Recipe. Gluten-free

Here though I'm going for the less spectacular, much less time-consuming but never-the-less delicious 19th century party favourite, Frosted Apples. This was a sort of 'poor man's' or rather happy cooks version of 'Apple Hedgehog' and here I'm making them with a quick-bake French meringue.

Frosted Baked Apples Recipe. Gluten-free Party

INGREDIENTS

(makes 20)

10 small apples. Again I'm using a couple of cider apple varieties from our orchard, which by now have ripened on the trees to a pretty decent 'cooker' even almost dessert level but still with an agreeable tanginess which balances the sweetness of the meringue. Seen above with their attendant mistletoe make for a very seasonal feeling!

For the Stuffing:

20 raisins
Seville Orange Marmalade, see my recipe link below.

For the Meringue:

3 egg whites
75g - 3oz of blonde cane sugar
A little raw cane sugar (rapadura)

TEMPERATURES

Preheat the oven to 190°C or 375°F 

METHOD 

Frosted Baked Apples Recipe. Gluten-free Organic




Wash and halve the apples horizontally. Remove the core and pips, turn the halves over and remove the stalk and calyx. Place in a heat-proof dish



Frosted Baked Apples Recipe. Gluten-free Organic




Seal the gaps left by the removal of the two latter with a raisin.



Frosted Baked Apples. Gluten-free Organic Recipe





Use a teaspoon to stuff the apple halves with the marmalade.


 

Frosted Baked Apples. Gluten-free Organic Recipe


VARIATION:

This recipe is also delicious with my previous baked apple filling (see link below).





Pour in 3-4 tablespoons of cold water around the base of the apples. This will stop them drying out before they are cooked through, it will also mean they will part-steam and be juicier but still hold their shape.

Cover the dish with baking parchment and place in the middle of the oven for around 25 minutes.


Frosted Baked Apples. Gluten-free Organic Recipe
Whisk up the egg whites to form stiff peaks. Gently fold in the blonde cane sugar. Cover the filling of each apple with a generous layer of meringue 'frost' and sprinkle with rapadura.

Frosted Baked Apples Victorian. Gluten-free Organic Recipe


Place in the oven on the top shelf. Cook for 5 - 15 minutes. Check after 5 to see if the meringues are the required golden colour.

Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

All that needs to be said now is Bon Appėtit!

Hope to see you here again for another recipe from my 100 Gluten-Free Organic Party Foods Challenge!

All the best,
Sue

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