Cinnamon Hill – Oven-baked Apples With Cinnamon Filling
Among the things that define my Swedishness, I have always considered my extensive use of cinnamon (and cardamon) in sweets as one of the more characteristic ones. It is used here in Italy but I use it far more than the average Italian, and my suitcase is always filled with bags of ground cinnamon on my return from visits in Sweden.
For the first time in my food blogging career I said Yes, please to an offer of trying out a product that I just couldn’t resist. I got an email from the small UK based company Cinnamon Hill with the offer of fresh cinnamon sticks from Vietnam and Sri Lanka and a grater so that I could use freshly ground/grated cinnamon every time I wanted. I said yes. And I’m happy I did because there is definitely a difference between the cinnamon you buy already grated and the one I now use. And to be able to choose between different types of cinnamon really appeals to a cinnamon lover like me, there is for example a distinct difference of flavour between the Saigon and Ceylon cinnamon and I am curious to try other types as well.
I would like to thank Cinnamon Hill for their generosity by dedicating a recipe to them in which I use their cinnamon and after pondering about what to make, I decided on making oven-baked apples with a cinnamon filling in which I use olive oil instead of butter. My only problem was to decide which kind to use in it, the Ceylon or the Saigon one but decided on the Saigon one because it has this hint of citrus that I thought would go well with the apples.
OVEN-BAKED APPLES WITH CINNAMON FILLING
4 small apples
3 oat biscuits
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil but you can obviously use butter if you prefer
1 pinch of salt
Put biscuits, hazelnuts, sugar and salt in a mixer/blender and whizz until it is like a coarse flour. Add olive oil
Cut the apples in half and spoon out the core and a little more so that you have a hole to fill with the biscuit and hazelnut mix.
Put the filled apple halves in an oven-proof form and bake in a pre-heated oven (175°C/350°F) for 15-20 minutes. Check with a fork if the apples are cooked, the cooking time depends of the size and type of apples so be careful not to burn.