ROASTED APPLES WITH HAZELNUT, BITTER CHOCOLATE, AND LEMON ZEST

By MAMMA MARIA, Italy
ROASTED APPLES WITH HAZELNUT, BITTER CHOCOLATE, AND LEMON ZEST
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These are the most delicious roasted apples I have eaten, with the bitter chocolate (typical of Northern Italy) and lemon zest adding depth and brightness. I highly recommend using a chocolate with 80 percent cocoa content for this recipe, and a tart fruit, such as the Granny Smith.
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a small baking dish, roughly 8 by 10 inches.
  2. Slice a thin layer off the bottom of the apples and discard; this levels the apples out so that they have a stable base upon which to stand during roasting. Slice 1/2 inch off the tops of the apples, and set the tops to one side. Peel the apple bases. Then, using a small teaspoon, scrape out an inch-diameter core from each of the apples, making sure not to cut through the bottom of the apples.
  3. Mix together the butter, 3 tablespoons of the sugar with the butter, lemon zest, hazelnuts, and chocolate. Spoon this filling into the center of the apples, mounding any extra on top. Drizzle the exposed apples with the ¾ cup of the Marsala, and cover them with their tops. Pour the rest of the Marsala over the apples, and sprinkle them with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, basting the apples with the hot Marsala a few times during their roasting. The apples are done when a toothpick can be inserted into them easily. Serve warm, with Marsala spooned over the apples and whipped cream on the side.
  5. Optional accompaniment: Softly whipped heavy cream, unsweetened
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a small baking dish, roughly 8 by 10 inches.
  2. Slice a thin layer off the bottom of the apples and discard; this levels the apples out so that they have a stable base upon which to stand during roasting. Slice 1/2 inch off the tops of the apples, and set the tops to one side. Peel the apple bases. Then, using a small teaspoon, scrape out an inch-diameter core from each of the apples, making sure not to cut through the bottom of the apples.
  3. Mix together the butter, 3 tablespoons of the sugar with the butter, lemon zest, hazelnuts, and chocolate. Spoon this filling into the center of the apples, mounding any extra on top. Drizzle the exposed apples with the ¾ cup of the Marsala, and cover them with their tops. Pour the rest of the Marsala over the apples, and sprinkle them with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, basting the apples with the hot Marsala a few times during their roasting. The apples are done when a toothpick can be inserted into them easily. Serve warm, with Marsala spooned over the apples and whipped cream on the side.
  5. Optional accompaniment: Softly whipped heavy cream, unsweetened

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