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About a month ago, I purchased the Redwall Cookbook. I love add-on things like this. Especially for Redwall, because the food in the books always sound so amazing.
Yesterday, I tried my first recipe out of the book. I tried to make the Honey Baked Apples with Custard Cream (sounds amazing, right?).
This is how it went:
I put the ingredients in the apples like the directions said. The directions said to use a mix of dried fruits, but all I had were raisins, so that’s what I used.
I used to make baked apples all the time, so I knew the drill of coring the apple and leaving a little bit in the bottom to prevent the juice from escaping. However, I goofed on one apple and the juice did escape from that one. Oh well.
The book said to place the apples in the oven for 30 minutes. When I made the apples before, I always cooked them for at least an hour. But I didn’t want to change the recipe, so I followed the directions.
While the apples were baking, I made the custard cream. I did it on a double boiler to prevent the milk from getting too hot. This cream recipe called for egg whites, which I assumed would make the cream fluffier. I put them in there, and followed the directions.
I’m not sure if I heated the cream too much or if it was due to the egg whites, but the texture of the cream came out sandy. It looked like cottage cheese more than a custard. I suspect I did get it too hot at the end. I thought it needed a little longer to cook, but I bet I should have gone with my first instinct.
When the 30 minutes were up, I took the apples out and served them with the cream. Just as I suspected, the apples were not done. They were still hard in the center. But I had already put the cream on, and I was hungry, so I ate them anyway.
The overall flavor was rather bland, but that is hardly surprising, because there were no spices used in the mix. Next time, I will cook the apples longer, use spices, Probably omit the egg white from the custard, and watch my heat. If I do that, then they will be much more delicious.