Jazz apples filled with dried dates and pecans, to be exact, as these were the ingredients I had on hand when I made this dessert. However, making these baked apples can be done with whatever dried fruit or nuts you have in your pantry.
Since I don’t own an apple corer, I made do with my melon baller instead. After stuffing each apple with a bit of salted butter and the date and pecan mixture tossed with agave nectar for sweetness, I did my best to babysit and baste the apples every 15 minutes for about an hour. But, I believe there was one 15 minute mark I missed because I got caught up in other things. The results produced a warm and comforting dessert. No wonder the French wax nostalgic about this childhood treat!
On a side note, I wanted to offer my apologies for the lack of clarity in my food photos lately. For the longest time, I took my photos with a Canon Powershot, but the focus started to blur. So, I switched to the camera on my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone which took such nice photos that I started using that as my primary camera. However, about a month ago, the camera on my phone started going in and out, and I finally broke down and replaced it. (Thankfully, it was only $5 with T-Mobile.) Since then and evidenced by this and the past four posts, I’ve been taking photos with my Samsung Tab 3 tablet, which I love, but the photos were not the best quality close up. But, now I have my new phone, so my photos should hopefully be back to clearer quality.
Anyway, these baked apples filled with fruit and nuts were made for 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.