hibiscus baked apples

Baked Apples with Hibiscus Petals


1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup dried hibiscus petals

1 blood orange, cut into thin rounds

1 clove

1 whole star anise

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 1/2 cups water

4 apples

2 ounces butter

vanilla ice cream, for serving

pound cake, for serving

3 tablespoons crushed sugared almonds, for garnish

fresh mint, for garnish


  1. Place the sugar, dried hibiscus petals, orange rounds, clove, star anise, and nutmeg in a saucepan and cover with the water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over low heat for 40 minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. While this mixture infuses, core the apples. Leave the skins intact but score them lightly around the middle to prevent bursting.
  4. Lightly butter the bottom an 8x8 baking dish and place the apples in the dish.
  5. Distribute the remaining butter in the cavities of the apples, then ladle the entire hibiscus syrup over the apples and into the baking dish.
  6. Bake the apples at 375 degrees F for 30-40 minutes until tender. Baste the apples regularly with the sugar hibiscus mixture in the baking dish.
  7. To serve, place a slice of pound cake in the bottom of a bowl and place a baked apple on top. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and garnish with sugared almonds and mint as desired.


I substituted a navel orange for a blood orange.

Recipe by Love & Flour at