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  • Betcha Can’t: How Do You Like Them (Amaretti and Chocolate Baked) Apples?

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

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    My husband is a boy from Southie. For those of you who have no idea what that means–it means that he can be a little rough around the edges (in a completely endearing way). It means that what you see is what you get. And it means that, though he has come a long way since his days in rough playgrounds (with even rougher kids), the place shaped who he is and has contributed to many of the qualities I love most about him.

    So, what does this have to do with cooking? Well, when the Recipe Redux challenged its contributors to come up with a movie-inspired recipe (in honor of the upcoming Oscars), the first scene that came to mind is one of my most favorite of all time. (Warning: explicit language (it is South Boston, after all)) (fast forward to about the 1:17 mark if you want to get to the point…though I highly recommend watching the whole scene for the full effect):

    Now, admittedly I may be stretching the rules a little here….after all, no one is eating apples in this scene. Perhaps a more inspired recipe might have included a Celtic twist (since Southie was settled and shaped largely by the Irish), but since Good Will Hunting is, at it’s heart, simple, authentic and not forced, I decided that staying true to that spirit was the best way to approach the recipe. You’ll find it’s super-easy to make, with easy-to-find ingredients. The amaretti cookies are a yummy Italian treat—crunchy with an almond flavor and sweet enough that they leave no need to add extra sugar to the recipe. And, since it only makes two servings, it’s the perfect dessert for a movie date night at home. If you haven’t already seen it (and even if you have), Good Will Hunting should be on your short list.

    Let me know what you think!

    Kindred-Kitchen “How do you like them (amaretti and chocolate baked) apples?”


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    Betcha Can’t: How Do You Like Them (Amaretti and Chocolate Baked) Apples?

    servings: 2 | time: about 45 minutes

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    1 large sweet apple such as gala or pink lady, peeled, cut in half and cored with a spoon
    Juice of 1/2 a lemon
    12 amaretti cookies
    1 small handful of walnut pieces
    1 TBSP. light butter, melted
    grated peel of 1 small orange
    1 ounce dark chocolate, coarsely chopped


    For the Spiced Yogurt Sauce (Optional):
    1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
    1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    honey to taste


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees

    1. Sprinkle prepared apple with lemon juice, set aside

    2. Place the cookies and walnuts in a food processor and pulse just until they are coarsely chopped

    3. In a bowl combine the cookies & walnuts, melted butter, orange peel and chopped chocolate

    4. Place the prepared apples sliced side up in the prepared ramekins or baking dish

    5. Cover each apple half with equal amounts of the cookie topping

    6. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes

    7. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes until apple is just tender when pierced with a sharp knife

    8. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and serve with the yogurt topping or a scoop of low fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt and a drizzle of honey


    For the Spiced Yogurt Sauce:
    1. Blend all ingredients and refrigerate while apples bake


    10 responses to “Betcha Can’t: How Do You Like Them (Amaretti and Chocolate Baked) Apples?”

    1. whatsforeats says:

      Love, love, love apples in desserts. This kind of dish is right up my alley! And I did like Good Will Hunting.

    2. Wow, this sounds absolutely divine. Love that you included the actual movie scene too (I did in my post as well). Makes it that much more real!

      • Nancy Granada says:

        including the scene from the movie was half the fun (plus, I am always ready to watch it…I really do love the movie!). I love that you decided to go a bit less healthy in your recipe this month…we only live once and how boring it would be if we only did that living on broccoli and whole grains 🙂

    3. GrainCrazy says:

      I can just about taste the crunch in my mouth! Looks so good!

    4. I knew the second I read your recipe title, what movie you meant. One of my all time favorites. EVER. Such a great line and scene (I forgot how stupidly funny Casey Affleck was in this!) And oh man, they all look so young – I going to rewatch it this weekend. I’ve refueled my crush on Ben Affleck this year with Argo – another amazing film.
      OK – the actual recipe looks so very good yet simple to make – somehow I don’t make baked apples enough and will start back up with this recipe.
      Sorry for the long comment – just so related to this post (I also lived in Boston for a bit so very much understand the term “Southie” 🙂

      • Nancy Granada says:

        I had forgotten how much I LOVE the movie until we re-watched it recently…it really is so good! Another of my favorite lines (again delivered by Casey Affleck)”my boy is wicked smart” (without the ‘r’ of course). I don’t live there anymore and I realized how much I miss that darn accent(though I get huge doses of it from hubby :)). I think the topping would also be yummy on an apple pie….

    5. Dr. Barb says:

      Your apple recipe with amaretti sounds great, two of my favorites. Love your discussion of South Boston. Good Will Hunting is a great movie that can be watched many, many times.

    6. Curry says:

      I am SO excited you posted this recipe! Despite the fact that we make baked apples all winter long for my family, I never feel the come out company-presentable! Thanks for the apple variety reco and the ‘fancy’ filling suggestions. Can’t wait to try!! -Serena

      • Nancy Granada says:

        Well, I am SO excited that you’re SO excited about the recipe :). Let me know what you think! (As I mentioned in an earlier comment, the topping would also be yummy on apple pie or crisp).

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