Baked Apples with Hibiscus Petals
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dried hibiscus petals
1 blood orange, cut into thin rounds
1 whole star anise
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 1/2 cups water
2 ounces butter
vanilla ice cream, for serving
pound cake, for serving
3 tablespoons crushed sugared almonds, for garnish
fresh mint, for garnish
- Place the sugar, dried hibiscus petals, orange rounds, clove, star anise, and nutmeg in a saucepan and cover with the water.
- 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.
- While this mixture infuses, core the apples. Leave the skins intact but score them lightly around the middle to prevent bursting.
- Lightly butter the bottom an 8x8 baking dish and place the apples in the dish.
- Distribute the remaining butter in the cavities of the apples, then ladle the entire hibiscus syrup over the apples and into the baking dish.
- 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.
- 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 https://www.loveandflour.com/baked-apples-hibiscus-petals/