Although it is officially Fall, the temps here in Virginia are still in the 80′s which is still a bit hot to turn on ovens and bake pies and crisps all day. So as a compromise, how about these Un-Baked Apples? Filled with a variety of Fall-like flavors these apples come together quickly and present beautifully.
Apple of your choice, I like Granny Smith
Sprite or any lemon-lime soda
4 T. Nutella or Dulce de Leche
3-4 T. chopped toasted walnuts, pecans, or toffee bits- or any combo
Cinnamon stick pieces for decor
dessicated coconut for garnish
more nut pieces for garnish
Be sure to pick an apple that sits flat, if not trim the bottom a bit so it does. Now slice an even 1/2 inch slice off the bottom of the apple, set aside. With the rest of the apple, core it, being sure to get all the seeds. Dip all cut parts of the apple in Sprite. Place on a paper towel and pat dry with another. Place bottom (this bottom piece will prevent any leaks and will be removed before cutting and serving) back on apple and fill with filling of choice, pressing each spoonful down into the hole- I used a long thin baby spoon to do this. Garnish with more nuts or dessicated coconut and place a cinnamon stick piece on top. Place in air-tight container, refrigerate, and serve within a few hours. Each apple can be cut into two or four pieces but I think it is easier to eat when quartered. Give each person a little spoon to spread the filling evenly over their piece, but fingers work too!
*For my nut allergy guy, I stuffed his with marshmallow fluff mixed with rice krispie cereal and a few dashes of cinnamon. I topped it with pretty sprinkles. Serve this one up immediately as the marshmallow likes to get watery touching the apple.