Baked Rum Apples
Serafina now eats pretty much anything we put in front of her. She loves everything from artichokes to cheese. At restaurants, our servers are impressed with the cornucopia of things she will eat. We are even adding spices to food to get her ready for my favorite cuisine, Indian. First, she needs to get over her intense fear of moustaches. The manager of our local Indian place has a really big one, and she screams when she sees him. Facial hair, it can be scary, I guess. She did the same to a close friend of ours when he grew out a goatee, so we were able to reassure our favorite manager that it wasn’t him. Good thing, because I wouldn’t want to ruin ten years of patronage.
Sometimes at home, we catch her squirreling away food in her cheeks, pleased as punch that she has her entire meal still in her mouth to enjoy. She slowly swishes it around, convinces us that there is no more food, and then adds more. In the end, we realize there is no swallowing, just lots of piling. The finger sweep action brings about all of her lunch and alot of screams. We joke that she hasn’t picked up that there is enough food for her. Serafina’s love of food seemed to meet its match this morning, she spat her apple back out. We were a bit surprised because she loved pureed apples as baby food. We tried again, she smiled, opened her mouth and let the apple fall to the floor, and our cat Cleo reaped the profit of her loss.
I am convinced it is a texture thing. So, I decided to look up baked apples, being as we had 5 pink ladys to go. I decided to make an adult version and a baby version. Guess which one is below? I threw in some Cockspur Dark Rum from Barbados, a better quality rum than the popular brands here. It is an unusual rum to find in the States, but my parents are friends with the former owner of the distillery, so we get to enjoy the fine rum once in awhile. If you stumble across it, I highly recommend it.
Baked Rum Apples
- 5 apples, peeled and de-cored
- 2 tb lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 stick of butter (melted)
- 3 tb dark rum
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
- vanilla ice cream (optional)
1. Pre-heat the oven to 450
2. Slice your peeled apples and toss them in the lemon juice. Place them in a baking dish
3. Mix together the rum, brown sugar and melted butter. Then pour it over apples. Sprinkle cinnamon and add the cinnamon stick.
4. Bake the apples for 20 minutes, then stir them around in the mixture. Bake for another 20 minutes.
Serve with ice cream.