What’s sorghum syrup? I’m so glad you asked. It’s a sugar syrup made from the sorghum plant. In Texas we call it milo. We feed it to dairy cows. In California, where water flows forth like a sweet miracle, we feed our dairy cows alfalfa. Texas is not blessed with enough water to grow high quality alfalfa. Am I losing you here with all the agriculture talk? What I’m trying to say is that sorghum syrup is delicious. I did not know this Southern secret until recently. You see, even though I’m a native Texan, I feel I have been cheated out of some Southern staples. My mom never made grits. She also never cleaned a mess of collard greens in the washing machine and cooked ‘em up with a ham hock. And I woke up to pancakes with maple syrup instead of hoe cakes with sorghum syrup. I feel deprived, so I’m making up for lost time with these baked apples stuffed with oats, spices, nuts, and sorghum syrup. A little sorghum syrup-laced whipped cream on top seals the deal nicely.
Yields 2 baked apples.
- FOR THE APPLIES:
- 2 medium apples
- 1 cup apple cider
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- 1 heaping tablespoon raisins
- 3 tablespoons sorghum syrup
- FOR THE CREAM:
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sorghum syrup
- Preheat the oven to 375°.
- Core the apples, but do not go all the way through the bottom. I could not find a corer that wouldn't go all the way through, so I sliced the top 1/3 off each apple and used a melon baller to scoop out the core.
- Pour the apple cider into a small baking dish (I used one with a 3-cup capacity).
- In a small bowl, stir together all remaining filling ingredients. Spoon the mixture into each apple.
- Place the apples in the baking dish with the cider, cover tightly with foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, baste with the accumulated juices and bake another 10 minutes or so, until tender but not mushy. Use a small knife to test the tenderness of the apple—it will depend on the variety.
- Before serving, have the whipping cream very cold. Whip together the cream, cinnamon and sorghum syrup in a small bowl until medium peaks form. Spoon the cold cream over the apples as soon as they come out of the oven. Spoon some of the juices from the bottom of the baking dish on top too.