“Früher war mehr Lametta.” is an expression you hear a lot around Christmas time in Germany. Coined by German comedian Loriot in the sketch “Weihnachten bei Hoppenstedts”, it encapsulates the German sentiment of “Früher war alles besser.” everything used to be better.
I posted a picture of this popular winterly dessert two days on Facebook, and many of you seemed to like it and/or asked for my recipe for roasted apples. As this is a blog about learning German you will find the German vocabulary for the ingredients as well!
So, here we go.
Difficulty / Schwierigkeit: easy / einfach
Ingredients / Zutaten:
- firm, sourish apples (count one per person) | feste, saure Äpfel
- butter | Butter
- sugar | Zucker
- raisins | Rosinen
- almonds or other nuts | Mandeln oder andere Nüsse
- marzipan | Marzipan
- chocolate | Schokolade
- cinnamon | Zimt
- vanilla sauce | Vanillesosse
- 1 baking dish | Backform
In a first step, wash your apples and take out the core (Kerngehäuse). Cut out a little more to have enough room for the filling later on.
When you’re happy with the result, fill with what you like from the list above. Raisins, almonds and marzipan are the classics but if you don’t like one of these you are basically free to change and go for chocolate for instance. Top the filling with approx. 1 tbsp of sugar (white or brown), cinnamon and a little bit of unsalted butter.
Put all apples in your baking dish and give it in the preheated oven for about 1 hour at 150 °C. Exact cooking time depends on your apples and your oven, but you should see the apples’ skin shrink and burst open. The individual ingredients of your filling should have become one succulent mass.
You’re ready to serve. I like many people like to serve my roast apples with vanilla sauce (which I bought). To me, it’s OK to eat my roast apple entirely. However, if you don’t like to eat it with its skin, just eat the inside, the pulp and filling which is as delicious.
Guten Appetit! – Enjoy!