I used to not have a clue about what was in season before I started working with Ooooby. I didn’t know there was a difference with watermelon in the summer versus watermelon in the winter.  Receiving a weekly Ooooby box filled with only local, seasonal produce has made me way more knowledgeable about the importance of seasonal produce. I’ve come to notice that an imported watermelon in the winter is not as sweet and juicy as a locally harvested watermelon in the summer. Receiving a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year inspires me to get creative in the kitchen and work with what I got so that nothing goes to waste. I come up with recipes for the weekly Ooooby newsletters to give customers ideas of what they can do with the produce in their box. Right now, things like sweet potatoes, radishes, squash, apples, pears, and persimmons have been being delivered to our packing hub by the truckloads. This recipe is definitely relevant since Ooooby customers have been getting a weekly abundance of apples and pears. In fact, we’re currently doing a promotion where you can sign up and receive a FREE 1/2 peck of organic Fuji Apples in your first box (Promo code APPLE5). I’m excited to share this easy, nutritiously delicious recipe with you and my Oooobers! As a bonus, these Baked Apples & Pears will make your house smell like sweet cinnamon goodness. 

Speaking of Ooooby and gaining knowledge about what’s being harvested, we are hosting a Farm Party this weekend where you can come get a tour of our farm in Madera. There will also be local bites, games, prizes, and more. Feel free to come by and bring your kiddos and/or puppies. Yes, please come with puppies!! Hope to see ya there for some fun on the farm.

After I make a recipe at home, I usually have lots of leftovers I like to share with my family, bf, and roommates. After I devoured some myself, I asked my roomie, Alice, to come dig in and taste test. She took one bite and said “You should write a cookbook.” I don’t know about all that, but the point is that these passed her taste test with flying colors and I know you’ll love them, too. These Baked Apples & Pears are warm, soft, and heavenly. Scroll down a notch for the recipe and to get the scoop on nice cream & silky smooth homemade caramel! 

  

   

 

For the Apples/Pears:

  • 2 apples, cored and seeds removed 
  • 2 pears, sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or agave
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Caramel (adapted from feastingonfruit.com):

  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Small pinch of sea salt

For the Nice Cream:

  • 3 ripe bananas, chopped & frozen
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Cover the bottom of a shallow baking dish with about 1/2 inch of filtered water.
  3. Add the cored apples and sliced pears to the pan.
  4. In a small dish, combine the melted coconut oil, pure maple syrup, and cinnamon, then brush it on the fruit.
  5. Bake for about an hour, or until the apples/pears become soft and begin to wilt just slightly, then remove from oven.
  6. Meanwhile, make the caramel by blending the dates, agave, coconut milk, vanilla, and salt in a high-speed blender until completely smooth and caramely. 
  7. To make the nice cream, add the bananas and vanilla to a food processor and blend until thick and creamy like soft serve. 
  8. Transfer the baked apples/pears to a serving dish, then add a scoop of nice cream and a drizzle of the homemade caramel.
  9. For an extra crunch, I added some of my homemade granola mix made of baked rolled oats, nuts, raisins, & yogurt chips (You can order a package of my granola through Ooooby here or email me at giannasrecipes@gmail.com )