It’s autumn!! And what’s more delicious in autumn than a baked apple? As a girl that loves to eat seasonally, I enjoy apples in every form and this one is no exception. I wanted to create a perfect, delicious and healthy apple dessert or snack. This recipe has a twist with an unbelievable spice combination of cinnamon, cardamom and cayenne which make them so spectacular.
I was so delighted to create this recipe with Icelandic Provisions Skyr, because it’s a natural. This is a major bit of deliciousness with the addition of Vanilla Skyr. If you have never had Iccelandic Provisions Skyr, you need to! It’s perfect for the holidays, perfect for a topping on desert, for dips and dressings or as an ingredient for baking. It’s been part of Icelandic culture for over 1000 years and it’s a part of my everyday kitchen.
Hasselback. If you have never done a Hasselback technique on anything, it’s definitely time to start. Hasselback potatoes originated in Stockholm, Sweden. There is a lot of debate about whether the technique goes back to the 1700’s or the 1950’s! But no matter when it was first done – it’s a winner. Thin slices are cut into the potato, apple or other vegetable and then topped with butter, crumbs or variety of toppings. Here you get the bonus of learning a technique, the pay off here is so worth it because once you learn, it will catapult you to culinary genius!
So, if you are asking yourself, “What is Skyr?” Skyr (pronounced skier) is a cultured dairy product. Skyr is to Iceland as Champagne is to France. Icelandic Provisions Skyr is the only one in America that comes from original, Icelandic cultures. Cultures in Skyr are like hops in beer – they determine it’s flavor and texture. The heirloom cultures in Icelandic Provisions Skyr have been treasured and preserved for hundreds of years and they are what gives Icelandic Provisions Skyr its unique flavor and texture.
I am so proud to partner with Icelandic Provisions because they are committed to making such a clean and healthful product. It’s packed with protein and made with non GMO ingredients. There are so many flavors that I love to use as an ingredient or as a topping like the Vanilla Skyr with these amazing baked apples.
Teri’s tip for easy, perfect Hasselback Apples: Get a set of ordinary, disposable, chopsticks. Place the apple, cut side down on a cutting board. Place chopsticks on each side of the apple. Begin slicing the apple at 1/8″ intervals. The chopsticks will stop the knife just above the board which gives you the right depth of cut to keep the apple together. Repeat until you have sliced the whole apple. Be sure to look at the stories for a visual, as this can be hard to picture without seeing how it is done. Once you get it, it’s easy!!
Cardamom Hasselback Apples with Icelandic Provisions Skyr
- 4 large Braeburn apples (or your favorite type)
- 5 Tbsp coconut oil (plus a little more for the baking pan)
- 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 4 Tbsp chopped pecans
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 2 containers (or more!) of Icelandic Provisions Vanilla Skyr
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel and core the apples and cut in half. Place the apples, cut side down on a cutting board and make slices in 1/8″ intervals, making sure not to cut all the way through to the bottom of the apple. Lightly oil a baking pan with coconut oil. Arrange the apples, core side down on a baking dish.
In a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Stir in the coconut sugar and let it dissolve slightly. Then add oats, pecans salt and spices. Spoon the mixture over the apples, dividing it evenly across all of the pieces.
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the foil and bake, uncovered, for an additional 10-15 minutes, until apples are tender. Let cool for 5 minutes. Serve topped with Icelandic Provisions Vanilla Skyr.
Teri’s short cut: If you don’t have time to do all of the cutting for a Hasselback apple. You can simplify the process by just turning the apples, cut side up. Sprinkle the topping and cook as directed above.
Cook’s note: If you prefer, you can use 4 Tbsp of butter instead of coconut oil. You can also substitute regular cane sugar for the coconut sugar if you prefer.