An Unexpected Cookbook: Roasted Apples & Leftover Roast Apple Bread

A review of Roasted Apples and Leftover Roast Apple Bread from An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery.

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Roasted Apples

Happy New Year everybody! 20190106_071331

Technically this Roasted Apples recipe is more of a dessert, but we had this for breakfast instead. ¬†We play by nobody’s rules ūüėČ

The first step was coring the apples. ¬†Coring apples with a spoon isn’t very easy, and the recipe wasn’t clear on how wide or deep the hole should be. ¬†I guessed.

20190106_072926Then white wine is poured over the apples.  While they sit in the wine, butter, sugar, and the spices are all mixed together into a paste and then the currants are added in.

I think they accidentally wrote tbsp instead of tsp for the spices.  I used up A LOT of my spices for this, and then there was far too much of the mixture to fit into all four apples.  Yet the recipe said to put 1/4 of the mixture into each apple.

I filled the apples up with as much as I could, and then placed more butter on top before popping them in the oven.

Taste: 8/10

The flavor was nice, but the spices were way too strong. ¬†It might have been an error, I’m not sure. ¬†I would use tsp. instead of tbsp.

Difficulty: Average20190106_082059

The toughest part is coring the apples with a spoon, but with some arm strength you’ll get through it.

Cost: Average

The apples, butter, and sugar are cheap but this recipe uses up quite a lot of spices.


Leftover Roast Apple Bread

I saved two of the roasted apples to make this recipe. ¬†Turns out it’s more of a cake than a bread!

The wet ingredients are mixed together in one bowl, the dry in another, and then the two are combined.  Then I chopped the roasted apples with their filling.

A quarter of the batter is poured into each of two buttered loaf pans, then a quarter of the roasted apples are sprinkled into each pan.  Then I repeated with the rest, and into the oven it goes!

The recipe said it would only take 30-35 minutes to cook, but it was 70 minutes before my toothpick finally came out clean.

Taste: 9/10

This was very good! ¬†The cake was nice and moist, and the roast flavor wasn’t overwhelming like it was by itself.

20190106_150516Difficulty: Average

Lots of measuring and mixing, but other than that this recipe isn’t too difficult to follow. ¬†Keep an eye on your bread while it’s in the oven, and definitely check it with a toothpick before deciding it’s done.

Cost: Cheap

You’ll have most of the ingredients already in your cupboard and pantry, and the point of this recipe is to use the leftover Roasted Apples I’m not including that in the cost here. ¬†You’ll probably need to purchase heavy cream.

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