Tiny poached apples served in sweetly spiced syrup infused with warming spices like cinnamon, vanilla, star anise and the tartness of fresh cranberries.
These poached apples are just the thing for a simple family supper or a holiday get-together when you’re short on time. Cooked fruit are one of the simplest of sweets but also the most comforting.
Sweet, spicy and just a little bit tart, it’s also the kind of recipe that’s just at home for breakfast as it is for dessert, and the best part is you can make them ahead of time since they only get better as they sit. An overnight rest in the fridge gives the flavors a chance to mingle and infuse the apples even further.
An easy, creamy side of oven-braised parsnips with thyme.
Braising has a way of bringing out the best in certain vegetables. Take parsnips, for example; yes, they’re wonderful roasted in a hot oven where they get all crispy on the outside, but braising them gives them a tender, creamy quality through and through that’s equally glorious.
I think it’s one of the nicest ways to serve parsnips, not to mention it’s pretty convenient around the holidays when you’ve got the oven going practically 24/7 anyhow.