Roasted spiced apples are appealing on their own, but topped with crisp, buttered bread crumbs, they are positively irresistible. To make the bread crumbs, choose a simple coarse bread with a firm texture, such as a rustic Italian or French bread. Let the bread sit out overnight, or dry the slices in a low oven, then remove the crust. Chop the bread coarsely, and use a food processor to reduce the pieces to coarse crumbs.
Roasted Apples with Spiced Bread Crumbs
- 1/2 cup (4 oz./125 g) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and brought to room temperature, plus extra for greasing
- 3 cups (6 oz./185 g) coarse fresh bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup (4 oz./125 g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz./105 g) firmly packed golden brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 4 firm, tart apples, peeled, halved, cored, and very thinly sliced (about
- 6 cups/1 1/2 lb./750 g) Heavy cream at room temperature, for serving (optional)
1. Place an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a 9-inch (23-cm) baking pan.
2. Spread the bread crumbs on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven until lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
3. In a large bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and toasted bread crumbs. Add the apple slices and toss to coat. Place a third of the apple mixture in the prepared baking dish and dot with a third of the butter. Repeat twice, finishing with the butter.
4. Roast until the apples are tender when pierced with a knife and the bread crumbs are golden brown, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Serve right away with a drizzle of cream, if desired. Serves 6 to 8.
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