Do you love apple pie filling? Want to make an amazing dessert to impress your guests this holiday? If you’ve answered yes, you must try our Baked Apple Confit recipe! And why not try it with some vanilla ice cream ;)!
Yes, we have another apple recipe! (If you haven’t noticed we are sort of obsessed). With all the things we can do with apple, why not make a baked apple confit.
What is Confit?
In the French term, it is any food being cooked slowly over a long period of time better known as a preservation method. You can confit almost anything such as vegetables, meat, fruits, and condiments like onions or chilis.
We will be making an apple compote topped off with vanilla ice cream and chopped nuts! We can hear our bellies grumbling right now.
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Remember the saying, “an apple a day, will keep the doctor away”? It’s true! Apples are available in a variety of colors, shapes, and flavors. Depending on the color of the apple it can be sweet or even tart, giving us the perfect options for juicing, baking, or just enjoying as it is.
Lemons are high in vitamin C. They help reduce heart disease, anemia, and digestive issue. Having freshly squeezed lemon juice by hand will have no preservatives, less time to oxidize, and brighter in flavor. Lemons are known to help with apples and even avocado from oxidizing or turning ‘brown’. Even before juicing the lemon, you can zest the skin and freeze them for up to 3 months. It is great for baked goods to give added brightness.
Did you know cinnamon is made from the inner bark of a tree best known as Cinnamomum? It is extracted by removing the woody part from the stem and then dried making it curl into a roll turning it into a “cinnamon stick.” Cinnamon is available in two types, Ceylon cinnamon which is the true cinnamon, and cassia cinnamon which we commonly know as cinnamon.
The benefits of cinnamon especially Ceylon cinnamon are its anti-inflammatory properties that help the body fight infections and repair tissue damage, lowering blood sugar levels, and reducing heart disease risk factors. They also pair well with other warm spices like cloves, nutmeg, ginger and etc.
Nutmeg is a spice made from the seeds of Myristica fragans found in the tropical evergreen tree in Indonesia. It provides a warm and slightly nutty flavor used in desserts, curries, and even chai tea! Like many spices, it has many health benefits such as rich in antioxidants that will protect your cells from free radicals. Like cinnamon, nutmeg has anti-inflammatory properties and antibacterial properties. It can aid in heart health, improve blood sugar control, and mood booster. A little bit freshly grated of nutmeg can go a long way.
Pecan is a type of tree nuts native in North America. (No wonder American has so many Pecan dishes) It is best known to be a flavonoid since it’s so rich and buttery in flavor. Some of the benefits include: Improved heart health, stabilizes blood sugar, and promote brain functions. Packed with good fats, vitamins, and minerals such as copper, thiamine, zinc, and much more.
Ingredients You Will Need
How To Make Baked Apple Confit
Servings: 8 | Course: Dinner | Cuisine: Asian
- 2-½ to 3 Tsp Vegan Butter or Ghee
- ½ Cup Organic Brown Sugar (adjust sweetness to taste)
- 3 Granny Smith Apples (quartered, thinly sliced)
- 1 Cup Pecans (chopped)
- 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
- ½ Tsp Ground Nutmeg
Optional topping: Vanilla Ice Cream
Prep: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 40 minutes
Time needed: 50 minutes.
- Preheat the oven at 350°F. Then line a square baking pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Have your apples quartered and remove the core. Then thinly sliced the apples and placed them in a bowl. Set it aside.
- Use your citrus juicer and juice half a lemon.
- Then take your pecans and roughly chop them. Set this aside too. We want small-medium bits to have a nice added crunch in the confit.
- In a mixing bowl, add in your brown sugar, lemon juice, vegan butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until fully incorporated. Add in the apples and stir until they are evenly coated.
- Pour your apples into the pan and evenly spread the apples. Now, you can add the chopped pecans on the top. Then pop it in the oven and bake it for 25-30 minutes. After, increase the temperature to 375°F for 8-10 minutes until the top is golden brown. Check occasionally.
- Apples should be soft and pecan will be nicely toasted. Scoop up and eat warm. Don’t forget to enjoy with some vanilla ice cream!