Autumn’s favorite fruit, the apple, adds flavor to this easy, homemade recipe. This spoon sweet is made with Firiki apple, a variety of dwarf apples that are mostly cultivated in the area of Mount Pelion. It can be served alone, with soft cheese or ideally as a yogurt topping.
Preparation time: 50m Cooks in: 40m Ready in: 1:30′ m
1½ kg Firiki apples, ripe, firm
3 lemons, juiced
1½ kg sugar
1 cinnamon stick
cloves, a handful
blanched almonds, a cup
Peel apples and remove core and pips with an apple corer. Place in a bowl with water adding the 2/3 of lemon juice to avoid browning.
In a large pan pour and spread sugar evenly, covering with water, at least 3-4 cm above sugar. Add cinnamon stick and simmer until syrup thickens.
Spike apples with cloves and arrange in the bottom of the pan. Boil in medium heat until syrup thickens again.
Pour in the rest of the lemon juice and half blanched almonds and boil for another minute.
Let cool, remove the cinnamon and cloves and fill apple cavity with almonds. Store apples in clean, sterilized vases.