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Functional Pottery: Make a Delicious Treat with an Apple Baker

Updated on November 5, 2011
Apple bakers look pretty and come in handy in the kitchen.
Apple bakers look pretty and come in handy in the kitchen. | Source

Baked apples are a delicious treat any time of the year, but there's something especially appealing about the hot dessert in the crisp fall season. We bought some apple bakers from J. Chapman Pottery at the Dahlonega Gold Rush craft show. They are also available on J. Chapman's website. The attractive dishes, about the size of a cereal bowl and featuring a post that holds the apple in place, are safe to use in the oven and eat from. Add butter, raisins, marshmallows, nuts, and brown sugar, and you get a delectable, syrupy mix of flavors.

Step One: Prepare

To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and wash and core an apple. I suppose any type of apple will work; my favorite kind has always been the Fuji because it's large, sweet, and juicy. Affix the apple to the stem in the apple baker.

Coring an apple is easy; even I can do it!
Coring an apple is easy; even I can do it! | Source

Step Two: Top with Treats

Now it's time to dress it up before it goes in the oven. I sprinkle brown sugar across the top of the apple, inside the core, and in the bottom of the bowl. Next come the raisins. You can really be creative here: honey, nuts, butter, marshmallows, etc.

Add the toppings...
Add the toppings... | Source

Step Three: Bake

Baking the apple is the easiest part. It takes 30 to 40 minutes, or until the apple is nice and soft. About halfway through the baking time, I peeked in the oven. The apples were baking nicely, but I wanted a melted, syrupy coating over them. I knew what was missing: butter. Greasing the hot apples with a pat of butter and leaving some in the cores, I slid the apple bakers back in and waited a bit longer.

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Step Four: Enjoy

When it's time for the apples to come out, I can smell a warm, sweet smell wafting from the oven. The butter has worked its magic, mixing with the brown sugar to create a bubbly, caramelized liquid perfect for dipping. The apples are so warm and soft that they slice open easily with the touch of a butter knife. They soaked up the toppings in the oven and are saturated with flavor and buttery juices.

Warm and packed with flavor
Warm and packed with flavor | Source

This truly is a delectable, irresistible treat. I tell myself it's mostly healthy because fruit is involved. That's right, it's the primary ingredient. You can also use this recipe for pears.

Functional pottery serves a dual purpose: it's handy for serving and preparing food and it's attractive enough to display when it's not in use. Apple bakers will be getting a lot of use in our house, I have a strong feeling.

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    • Painted Seahorse profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittany Rowland 

      6 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Thanks, Jackie! We all love the baked apples. They're a great treat, especially this time of year. Thanks for the beautiful pottery.

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      Jackie Chapman 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sending me the link! I told you those apples would be wonderful. You did a great job writing up the recipe and I wish I had your photos on my website! Now, I think you've made me hungry for baked apples... Take care. Love to all!

    • Painted Seahorse profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittany Rowland 

      6 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Thanks for reading, Tracy. I hope your friends and family enjoy the gifts! ;)

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      tracy 

      6 years ago

      Yummmmm!!!! I'm going to that website to buy some of these for Christmas gifts. I know my mom and stepdad will use them plus I can think of about 3 sets of friends that will also enjoy them.

      thanks for the directions and also the pictures. it's making me hungry!

      Trace

    • Painted Seahorse profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittany Rowland 

      6 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      I appreciate it, Admiral Joraxx. Thanks for reading!

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      Admiral_Joraxx 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Nice idea of serving apple. This one looks great and easy. Thanks for sharing this. 1 vote up and useful.

    • Painted Seahorse profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittany Rowland 

      6 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Thanks, Lisa! I hope you enjoy it too.

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      Lisa 

      6 years ago

      This is a GREAT post article and will definitely try it sometime!!

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