Fall foliage season is definitely underway, and that means that it is also prime time for apple picking, and our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is embracing the season by incorporating the local bounty into as many tasty recipes as we can muster. I mean, apples are good at any time of year, but they just seem especially delectable now, knowing that they are fresh off the trees! And while we always try to utilize the freshest and most local ingredients, the autumn harvest bounty makes it so much easier. Apples, pumpkins, and corn – oh my! But
seriously, all of us at the Maine Stay Inn get so excited about bringing these tasty local crops into our kitchen and onto your plates. So during this time of year, you can expect to enjoy some seasonally appropriate treats each morning at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast. Apple crisp and cranberry apple cobblers are something we love on a cool morning, because it’s something piping hot to warm you to the core. But don’t worry – the dollop of freshly whipped cream on top makes sure it’s not scalding! Sometimes, though, you might find a baked stuff apple or some homemade apple sauce as a side on your plate instead. Or how about some apple muffins or fritters? But an often overlooked favorite at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast is Scalloped Apples. And no, that doesn’t mean smothered in cheese and cream. Because that would be gross. Much to my surprise, “scalloped” can actually refer to any dish baked in a sauce, and that’s exactly what you’ll do with these apples!
So here’s the world’s easiest recipe that will delight your taste buds: Grab a big bunch of apples (preferably right from the tree!). Peel ‘em and slice them so that they are about a half inch thick at their thickest (so like 8 slices per medium apple). Put them in a bowl and coat them with cinnamon and brown sugar so that they are brown. I hesitate to give a true amount, because it really depends on how sweet you like your apples and whether you are using a tart apple like a Granny Smith or a sweet one like a Golden Delicious. But do not be stingy – this is not the time to worry about your carbs. Meanwhile, put a rimmed baking sheet or glass baking pan in the oven with a sizable hunk of salted butter at 425 degrees. When this melts it needs to be bubbly and covering the area your apples will fill. Before transferring to the buttery pan, toss the apples in a teeny bit of lemon juice, then add them to the pan. They should be juicy and starting to make their own sauce by now. Now throw some more brown sugar on top. Pop the pan in the oven and bake about 5 minutes, before removing and stirring. Return to the oven and bake another 10 minutes. The apples should be thick and caramel-like, and the apples soft but not mushy, if not, return to the oven for a little longer. Let them cool just a little before serving (on top of ice cream, as a side with a savory breakfast, or even with a pork dinner) – if you can! Because I can’t and always end up burning my tongue, but it is so worth it! But whether you decide to channel your inner Martha and make these apples, we’ll happily make them for you at our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast this fall!