"Baked" Apples

Cuisinart original

 

These are perfect when served on their own, but even more decadent with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

Ingredients

2    tablespoons rolled oats

2    tablespoons pecans

2    tablespoons unbleached, all-purpose flour

¼    cup packed light brown sugar

½    teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1     teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼    teaspoon ground nutmeg

       pinch ground cardam

       pinch kosher salt

4     tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed

6     medium to large apples, a sweet-tart variety

½    cup water

½    cup packed light brown sugar


Nutritional information

Nutritional information per apple:

Calories 243 (31% from fat) • carb. 42g • pro. 3g • fat 9g • sat. fat 4g • chol. 15mg sod. 38mg • calc. 21mg • fiber 7g

Instructions

Pressure Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Approximate Total Time: 25 minutes

 

1. Put the first 9 ingredients (through the salt) into the bowl of a Cuisinart food processor or chopper fitted with the chopping blade. Process until combined. Add the cold butter and pulse until combined, the mixture should resemble an uneven crumb. Reserve in the refrigerator until ready to stuff the apples.
2. Prepare the apples by coring each, but being careful to keep the bottom intact. The easiest way to do this is to first use a paring knife to cut about a ½- to 1-inch circle out of the top of the apple. Then, using a melon baller, scoop out the remainder of the core as best as you can, down to just the bottom of the apple (you will want to be sure to remove all of the seeds). Repeat with each apple.
3. Fill each apple cavity with the crumb topping, packing it in as firmly as possible.
4. Put the ½ cup of water and ½ cup of brown sugar into the Cuisinart® Pressure Cooker.  Whisk or stir to combine. Place the apples into the mixture so that they are standing upright.
5. Secure the lid and select Low pressure. Put the pressure cooker over high heat until pressure cooker reaches full pressure. Reduce temperature to maintain pressure* and set a timer for 5 minutes.
6. When time expires, remove from heat and allow pressure to release naturally. When the red safety valve drops, remove lid. Serve warm.
* Unit reaches full pressure when red safety valve pops up and steam releases continuously from the pressure release valve. Regulate pressure by reducing temperature to medium/medium-low to maintain full pressure. There should be slight steam and consistent hissing from the pressure release valve.
Keep a close eye on the pressure cooker when cooking. Some adjustment of temperature may be necessary to maintain pressure.