From the end of summer to the beginning of winter, incorporating fresh seasonal apples into our at-home menus is such a treat. If you’re like us here in New England, we wait all year long for apple season and enjoy every minute when it arrives. As we create recipes, we look to Ayurveda which recommends we eat seasonally and consider preparation to accommodate the seasons and our body types. In the fall, baking apples and adding warming spices and ghee create a more easily digestible Vata friendly meal.
Our healthy version of Baked Apple Dumpling is made with Farmtrue Traditional Grass-fed Ghee and Jovial Einkorn Flour. A fan of flaky pastry? Ghee produces tender, crumbly and caramel scented crust, a unique flavor profile from the lengthy slow simmer during ghee production. This recipe is one you’ll want to incorporate into all your special family gatherings. You can even enjoy leftovers for breakfast the next day!
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Peel apples without removing stems. Core the bottom of each apple within about an inch from the top. Remove all seeds and set aside. Mix maple sugar and Farmtrue Warming Spice Blend in a bowl. Brush apples with Farmtrue Grass-fed Ghee and roll liberally in spice/sugar mixture. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, brushing occasionally with ghee. Texture should be firm but able to puncture with fork. Transfer baked apples to wire rack and cool.
3. To make the pastry, sift flour, salt, sugar and orange zest together. Mix thoroughly. Add Grass-fed Traditional Farmtrue Ghee to dry mixture until dry ingredients are incorporated. Make sure not to overwork. Add vanilla and 2 tablespoons of water and mix just to moisten the dough.
4. Place dough in a gallon freezer bag. Roll dough flat inside bag. Cut bag edges open and remove bag, place dough on a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle remaining sugar/warming spice mix and crushed pecans to top of dough and wrap around cooled baked apple. Make leaves with remainder of dough and attach near stem. Place dough wrapped apples on a plate and refrigerate for 1 hour.
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
6. Place apples on parchment lined baking sheet. Brush entire dough surface of apple with egg wash and bake until brown for 30-40 minutes.
7. When cooled, brush with maple syrup and enjoy!