Fall is here – and apples abound; so I dug through my hundred-year-old cookbooks looking for the perfect apple recipe. I found a recipe for Apple Flamingo, and think that I found a winner.
Apple Flamingo is basically a baked apple with the skin removed following baking. Red apples are used in this recipe, so the cooked apples take on a bit of the color from the apple skins, and have a lovely reddish hue. The apples are served with a citrus syrup that contains bits of lemon and orange zest, and are topped with whipped cream.
Apple Flamingo is delightful and seems almost decadent. This apple and citrus dessert is a welcome change from the usual cinnamon apple desserts.
Here is the original recipe.
And. here is the recipe updated for modern cooks:
8 apples (use a red variety that maintains shape – Rome, Braeburn, Winesap, etc.)
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
grated rind of 1/2 lemon
grated rind of 1/2 orange
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
Preheat oven to 350° F. Core apples, and put in a baking dish. Place in oven and bake until tender (about 45 – 55 minutes). Remove from oven and let cool slightly, then gently remove skin using care to leave the reddish color on the apple flesh and maintain apple shape. (I started removing the skin at the bottom of the apple where the skin was moister and easier to loosen and worked up to the top.)
In the meantime, make the sauce by putting the sugar and water in a saucepan; stir to combine. Bring to a boil using medium heat, then reduce heat and simmer until the liquid thickens into a syrup (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice, orange juice, grated lemon rind, and grated orange rind.
Also, in the meantime, make the whipped cream. Place the whipping cream in a bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Add confectioners sugar, and continue beating until thoroughly mixed.
To serve, spoon sauce over the baked apples. Top with the whipped cream. Serve warm.
Note: This recipe makes a lot of the citrus sauce. I had some left-over when I made this recipe, so I baked several additional apples the following day.
I put a little confectioners sugar in the whipped cream. The original recipe didn’t call for adding any sugar to the whipped cream, but I thought that the whipped cream was tastier when sweetened a bit.