Food & Recipes from the Alps
Travelling to the Alps, you will enjoy the lovely mountainscape, nice people and of course the lovely food. In this section of our MiaDeRoca-Magazine we will present you typical local recipies. Recipes for things to drink and things to eat, a wide variety of dishes with meat, with vegetabels and the so called "Mehlspeisen". "Mehlspeisen" are dishes with flour, sweet meals like the "Kaiserschmarrn", "Palatschinken" or "Topfenknödel".
You won't be able to get all the traditional ingredients everywhere, but in cases the products are rare, we will mention some alternatives. And if you still doubt, just drop us a line, we will try to help you to get some Alpine savour to your lunch or dinner.
Baked Apple Recipe
When talking about baking delights in winter many start to fantasize about cookies, fine biscuits and gingerbread and its smell which fills kitchens with the essence of the Christmas spirit. We do love them, the Christmas cookies. And besides the classic Christmas bakery there is one special Christmas desert in our family that fills the hearts with joys and cheers up the faces with a smile: the baked apple.
Baked apples is a fine desert that is prepared really quickly. You can prepare the apples a bit earlier, store them in the fridge, and while your guests and family are enjoying their cheese fondue, their Grenadiermarsch
or cheese dumplings, the apples get baked in the oven and are ready to serve when you take away the dishes of the main course. The perfect desert as the chef does not have to spend time in the kitchen and can spend the evening with guest.
What you need:
apples – one per person. For those who have a garden, all the long stored apples are wonderful to use for baked apples, like Boskoop
For the filling:
cut almonds ( of course you can use hazelnut as, but have in account that many allergic to birch pollen can't eat hazelnut)
a sharp knife and ovenware.
What we do like especially about baked apples – that you can vary them. You can leave some of the ingredients aside, replace them by others or add some more, like hazelnut brittle. Below we have some more inspirations for creative kitchen artists.
wash apples, core them – best by leaving a cone (diameter 2cm) big enough to fill in all the yummy ingredients. Make sure that the bottom is not cut, as you don't want the melted yumminess to leave your apple.
Delicious Baked Apple: recipe picture
Our preferred filling per apple:
1 tablespoon marzipan, 1 tablespoon jam, 1 tablespoon crushed almonds – mixed a little. Put some grounded cinnamon on top. Those you prefer neat and pretty can give the apple an almond hat – a flat circle on top of the apple.
Put your apples in the ovenware and into the oven – 20mins at 150 degree Celsius.
You can as well use your tiled stove to bake your apples, they will need a little more time.
Serve the baked apples with some milk or vanilla sauce (for those who can't eat milk – you can use soya milk or vanilla sauce with soya as well).
For vanilla sauce we use vanilla pudding and add the double amount of milk. Use the instructions on the package. You can pour the vanilla sauce on top of the apples when still warm. Those who are not keen on vanilla sauce can use whipped cream with honey as topping. This topping will melt neatly on the baked apples and you can prepare it during the afternoon. Another quick topping would be vanilla ice.
We love to serve baked apples during celebrations before Christmas. Especially when there are kids we love to prepare baked apples together. It is not only great fun when everyone can prepare his or her special filling for the apple, it is also a great possibility to "bridge time", when waiting for Nikolaus to come or when there is still time before the performance at the nativity set starts.
We core the apples, prepare all kinds of fillings in little bowls and many spoons. There are kids wo don't like raisins they might want to use only jam. And you can prepare baked apples without marzipan, maybe the classy way with sugar and cinnamon only or use a spoonfull of honey.
To be able to tell which apple belongs to which kid we use several small ovenware and mark some apples with a toothpick.
Adults can use raisins in rum or add some Calvados or Cointreau.
Baked Apples (in German: Brataple) is a great desert for mountain chalets, you might want to give one of the other Mountain Cabin recipes our Hüttengaudi recipes a try like cheese dumping (Kasnockn), Grenadiermarsch or Cheese Fondue.
If you want to try out more Christmas recipes, bake some lemony angel wings biscuits and for adults some spiced hot wine - the so called Glühwein.
Nice Equipment for Baking, Cooking and Serving in our MiaDeRoca shop: