ffwD: 20-Hour Apples


When I read over this week’s assignment, I couldn’t wrap my head around how this dish was supposed to look. Was it a bunch of sliced yet intact apples being baked together in mounds or was it more like a brown betty sans bread? I was also concerned that my finished dish wouldn’t look appetizing, mainly because I do not own a mandoline to make the pretty, fanned slices. And, forget about my hand-slicing skills.

Then I thought, “Who cares how it looks as long as it’s tasty, right?” At least, that’s what I’ve commented on several blog posts where the author has indicated that the dish wasn’t the prettiest to photograph. So, I forged ahead and just layered my misshapen apple slices as tightly as I could in my mini yellow Le Creuset dish. I chose to follow and halve Dorie’s 20-Hour Apples recipe as opposed to the original assignment of long and slow apples mainly because I wasn’t expecting any company, and I can usually finish a nice dish of apples on my own. I was amused by the 10 hour bake time at 175 degrees and even more surprised by how much the apples’ juices and butter overflowed during the process. Good thing I had that can of kidney beans somewhat smooshing everything down.

After an additional 10 hour chill in the refrigerator, I tasted a bite of the apples and determined that it tasted very much like a crustless apple pie, which pleased me. A very comforting dish if you don’t mind the wait time! These 20-hour apples were made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


58 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hotly Spiced
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 22:14:40

    That is such a long cooking time. I wonder if this dish could be replicated with just an hour of cooking and chilling. If you are in the market for a new appliance I can highly recommend a mandolin – I just don’t know how I ever lived without one xx

  2. Jenn and Seth
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 22:31:02

    oh wow, such a long cooking time! but it looks and sounds wonderful!

  3. thekalechronicles
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 22:34:24

    This does look yummy.

  4. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 22:34:56

    Wow I have never cooked anything that long! They must taste so delicious. And I love the presentation 🙂 Great job!

  5. teaandscones
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 23:00:49

    Crustless apple pie is a good description.

  6. Nami | Just One Cookbookn
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 00:26:06

    10 hour baking! That’s amazing. Probably the longest baking time ever. I’d love to taste it!

  7. Elaine
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 00:41:14

    Good for you for doing the really long and slow apples! I was wondering if they would be much different. It doesn’t sound like you had a shrinkage problem like the rest of us did. I think your apples look pretty delicious!

  8. chocoliv
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 01:06:57

    but it DOES look so delicious~


  9. Choc Chip Uru
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 02:52:29

    A long cooking time but with tasty results 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. Food,Photography & France
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 06:17:07

    I’m all for taste over appearance. That’s what food for eating is about. Food for show is wasted food.

  11. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 06:43:45

    Interesting how you made this with bigger apple slices. I left mine in the fridge for a few days and it still tasted amazing. Nice job!

  12. Marta @ Co dziś zjem na śniadanie
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 07:06:11

    That’s the whole true, as long as it tastes good, doesn’t matter how it looks. But I think it looks delicious anyway.

  13. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 07:32:26

    So far you’re the only one I’ve seen who did the long version – I’m intrigued! I was really surprised by how much I liked this dish and I can only imagine the flavors got better and more intense with the longer bake. Yum!

  14. cquek
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 08:29:10

    You’re very clever to be able to reproduce a delicious recipe from just a description.

  15. Geraldine Saucier
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 09:22:54

    The apples look delicious. I agree with you, it is all about the taste:)

  16. Karen
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 09:35:40

    I’ll take taste over appearance anytime but I think your end result looks delicious.

  17. Norma Chang
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 11:27:58

    10 hours of baking, that is a looooong baking time,even at a very low temperature, wondered what it would look and taste like after 20 hours.

  18. Cher
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 13:25:20

    10 hours in the oven – wow.
    I can usually finish off an apple crisp all by myself, so it’s probably a good thing I had people sharing this one with me…

  19. Cakelaw
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 15:14:04

    Wow – you wernt above and beyond! Two hours was more than enough for me, but it did taste good. Hope your dinner went well.

  20. spicegirlfla
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 17:11:47

    Whew, the 20 hrs had me thinking I’d never do this but it actually is somewhat a make ahead dessert having the oven/frig doing the time consuming part. I agree if it tastes good, it beats out a pretty presentation. Tho you made this look good!!

  21. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 18:55:28

    Almost like the slow cooker version of crust-less apple pie. How interesting and I’m sure tasty.

  22. Natalie
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 19:04:36

    That’s a long time, I bet the apples are so tender and delicious though!

  23. Bam's Kitchen
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 19:42:47

    I think I would be snacking on those apples during the 20 hour wait time.

  24. Mary Hirsch
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 19:47:34

    The long version – good for you. Yes, agreed, it tastes delicious and that is what matters. Nice job. There still is life without a mandoline.

  25. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 19:54:43

    Ooooh, I love this idea! I was just craving something desserty with apples, but without any of that wonderful but fattening crust, crisp or crumble. I gotta try this one, thanks!

  26. Balvinder
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 22:56:33

    10hr baking time in oven. I don’t think I can wait that long for any dish but at the same time it sounds intriguing.

  27. Three Well Beings
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 00:23:15

    Delicious! I am glad you tested it! If I’d read it elsewhere I’d have been sure there was a mistake. Sounds so delicious and worth the time and effort.

  28. Jasline (Foodie Baker)
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 07:27:35

    Wow 20 hours! That’s really long, I don’t think I can ever wait that long… yours look and sound delicious!

  29. saffronandhoney
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 08:45:41

    It looks like it tastes good that’s all I know:)

  30. kitchen flavours
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 09:51:26

    Wow, 10 hour bake time? Incredible! I am so curious about the taste!

  31. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 13:07:06

    I am sure it tastes fantastic after baking for 10 hours. I am sure it’s totally worth the wait!

  32. My Kitchen Stories
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 13:46:33

    I love apples Id wait for 10-20 hours for sure, but only if you cooked them. It does sound delicious, but I couldn’t commit to this recipe. Well done you

  33. The Squishy Monster
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 14:35:28

    By the looks of it, it’s totally worth the time!

  34. Zoe
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 14:52:42

    10 hrs to cook these apples! Seems long but definitely worth the wait for its yumminess!

  35. Deepti
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 17:37:55

    Wow this dish will surely test by patience but I guess its definitely worth the wait….Lovely….

  36. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 20:10:37

    Ooooh… my goodness, that is a really long time. But I can imagine how wonderful your house smells when it is cooking. I bet it is wonderful though 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  37. Ameena
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 21:09:25

    That is an unbelievably long time to wait! I can imagine how delicious the end product was…looks divine.

  38. betsy
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 21:16:56

    I’ll have to try the Longer and Slower version sometime. Anything that tastes like crustless apple pie sounds delicious.

  39. eatinglikeahorse
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 00:51:57

    I love baked/roasted apples and I bet cooking them that long gives a beautiful flavour and texture – and yours does look so good!

  40. Emma (fluff and fripperies)
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 02:23:14

    Oh these look and sound delicious and much healthier than usual desserts as there’s no crust – perfect for these cold evenings!

  41. kitchen therapy
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 04:49:56

    Your apples look great!
    I thought about the 20 hour version of the recipe but the heat here in Australia made my decision for me!

  42. Alice
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 07:00:33

    certainly an upscale and gluten-free friendly version of apple pie! I hadn’t even read the bonne idea! 🙂 I totally could have done the 20 hour bake time…

  43. Beth
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 07:18:13

    Those apples sound amazing! Well worth the wait.

  44. markd60
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 10:23:44

    I remember all through grade school, they always had this same apple dessert that looked yukky and I never ate it. Until my final year. I tried it and it was good! I missed all those years…

  45. Audrey Allure
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 12:50:19

    They do look appetizing — and sounds delicious!

  46. Zen and Genki
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 13:10:11

    Slow cooked apples…something I’ve not tried. Sounds really nice, though!

  47. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 14:31:02

    i consider myself a patient person but this dish- not so sure! LOL! Hey but anything in the name of sweet and savory apples! So i might have to give it a try!

  48. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 17:03:32

    wow, I’m sure these were worth the wait!

  49. moderngirlnutrition
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 17:03:50

    Yum! Everything looks great!

  50. Melolimparfaite
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 19:27:08

    OK I totally blame you for not being able to maintain my dier =)
    this looks delicious !

  51. Juliana
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 23:42:06

    Amazing how long it took…I don’t think I would be able to wait that long…at the end of the time, I would have probably taste it all 🙂
    Have a great week!

  52. Tandy
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 03:23:44

    You are quite right, as long as they taste good that is all that matters! Not sure I’m patient enough to wait 20 hours 🙂

  53. Sammie
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 09:16:24

    urmmmm.. 10 hours in the oven?!?! WHOAAA! These must be some electricity-consuming apples! I bet they taste quite worth it though!! 😉

  54. Amelia
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 10:11:50

    Hi… it sure look good but then the long hours!!! But anyway by the look of it I’m sure it’s worth waiting. Yummy!

    Have a great week ahead.

  55. Tracy
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 11:05:41

    It is a good thing it is my lunch time. Your posts always make me hungry. These apples look delicious.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  56. vianney
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 18:23:23

    wow, that’s a long cooking time~ they look great!

  57. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 19:20:12

    I’m so glad someone tried the 20 hour version!!! I bet your kitchen smelled amazing…I don’t know if I’d have the patience to wait that long for a nibble 🙂

  58. katya kitchen
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 12:32:26

    Wow, long time cook, I´m sure your apples taste great!

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