When a pie shell isn’t available, baking a filling into the apples itself does seem to do the trick. It needs something though… I don’t know what, some kind of contrasts to the richness of the sauce and the warmth of the filling. This will require some more experimenting.
- 6 Apples (red preferred)
- 2 cups Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Butter
- ½ cup Milk
- 1 Vanilla Bean
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ cup chopped Walnuts
In a pot boil brown sugar, butter, and milk until it’s thickened. Remove from the heat and mix in about ½ of the contents of the vanilla bean. Mix well. Set aside.
Using a small knife, remove the seeds and stem alike from each apple, and hollow them out. Mix together more brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a bowl, add in crushed walnuts, and spoon this into each apple. Place apples into a baking dish with water.
Bake this in a 325 degree oven for an hour. Make sure the exteriors are cooled before eating. Drizzle with the sauce made earlier.