Inspired by cozy memories of those sweet, simple days enjoying wholesome meals together with their large close-knit family, bestselling authors and cousins Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer share an all-new collection of favourite recipes straight from the heart of their bustling kitchens. Featuring over 135 everyday recipes along with some beloved classics that have a modern, healthyish, often plant-forward twist, inspired by the smart hacks their moms and granny used to whip up memorable, easy-to-make meals.
Fraiche Food, Fuller Hearts is filled with simple, feel-good recipes that focus on fresh, whole foods for you and your loved ones to enjoy any day of the week. The book is plant-forward with ways to adapt recipes for vegan versions wherever possible like Baked Crispy Cauliflower Sandwiches, Vegan Mac and Cheeze, and Tropical Tofu Bowls. All the recipes are family-friendly and perfect for weekday or casual weekend meals including Sheet-Pan Breakfast Pizza, Fish Tacos, and Butternut Squash Gyros. And sure to please everyone, you’ll find plenty of heart-warming recipes including cozy soups, one pot/pan meals, easy-to-make breads from Granny’s Cinnamon Buns to No-Knead Bread, and flavourful, rustic desserts from Lazy Daisy Cake to Baked Apples with Oat Crumble.
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Baked Apples with Oat Crumble
Vegan option • Vegetarian • Gluten-free option • Nut-free
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
This recipe is straight from the kitchen of Jillian’s mom Peggy. Growing up in Peace River, Alberta, we didn’t have much to choose from when it came to fresh produce, but we do remember there always being a supply of apples. As a treat, Jillian’s mom would prepare a baked apple for her, which she absolutely loved. Fast-forward to today, and Jillian makes baked apples with oat crumble for her own children, Leo and Annie, and they love them just as much as she did!
Assemble them ahead of time if desired and pop in the oven about an hour before serving. To give the caramel apple sauce an adult twist, replace half the apple juice with bourbon.
6 medium apples (we use Gala)
1 cup (250 mL) old-fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
¼ cup (60 mL) lightly packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon (2 mL) cinnamon
1/3 cup (75 mL) butter or vegan butter, melted
Pinch of salt
Caramel Apple Sauce
¼ cup (60 mL) butter or vegan butter
1 tablespoon (15 mL) all-purpose flour
½ cup (125 mL) lightly packed brown sugar
¼ cup (60 mL) pure apple juice
¼ cup (60 mL) whipping (35%) cream or coconut cream
1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Vanilla ice cream or dairy-free vanilla ice cream, for serving
Vegan: Use vegan butter, coconut cream, and dairy-free ice cream.
Gluten-free: Use a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour. Use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
- MAKE THE BAKED APPLES WITH OAT CRUMBLE: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and pour ½ inch (1 cm) of water into a 13 × 9-inch (3.5 L) baking dish.
- If needed, shave the bottoms of the apples with a paring knife so they stand upright. Using an apple corer, paring knife, or melon baller, core the apples, creating a well about 2 inches (5 cm) wide, making sure not to go all the way to the bottom.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, and salt. Fill the apples with the oat mixture, packing it down. Place the filled apples in the prepared baking dish. Bake until you can poke the apples with the tip of a paring knife and not meet with much resistance, about 50 minutes.
- MEANWHILE, MAKE THE CARAMEL APPLE SAUCE: In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the brown sugar and apple juice and simmer, whisking constantly, until the sugar is dis- solved and the sauce has slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cream and continue to simmer, stirring, until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla and salt.
- Serve the baked apples warm with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of Caramel Apple Sauce. The baked apples are best served warm from the oven, but they can be stored in a resealable container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave.
Tip: Have leftover Baked Apples? Simply blend each apple with 1 cup (250 mL) of ice and 1 cup (250 mL) of milk or non-dairy milk to make a delicious smoothie. Garnish with extra cinnamon and an apple slice if desired.
Excerpted from Fraiche Food Fuller Hearts by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer. Copyright © 2023 Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer. Photography by Rachelle Beatty. Published by Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.