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Get Comfy and Cozy With Baked Apples From Your Handmade Apple Baker
The fall and winter months offer some pretty awesome smells! Maybe it's because most of my spring and summer days are spent outdoors, and I don't do much baking. Well, to be honest, I don't do much baking any time of year, but I do bake apples in the fall and winter.
I LOVE the smell of hot apples baking in the oven! It reminds me of going into a corner bakery and gobbling up a piece of hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream. So, without doing a lot of preparation, how can you get that smell, and a nice hot apple treat?
Apple bakers are the perfect answer. Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio! By the way, this is a wheel project, so you might want to grab your apron too...So, the first thing you want to do, is make sure the clay and glazes you plan to use are food safe, and can go in the oven or microwave. A great clay for this project is Laguna WC-436, B-Mix 5 with Grog Clay.
Let's get started!
- Wedge a 1.5-2lb piece of clay
- Place the clay in the center of your wheel head or bat
- Center the clay as you would any other piece
- Flatten the clay into a disk shape
- Once you have it centered and flattened, start a center nub, by pressing your forefingers, or thumbs, into the disk halfway between the center and the outside rim. Now, pull up the inside to create a post for the apple
- Time to work on the walls. Apply pressure to the bottom, and pull out to widen the base. Pull up on the walls, and create your final shape.
- Cut the core out of an apple, any apple you like is fine.
- Place the apple over the nub.
- Put a couple pats of butter on top of the apple.
- Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the entire thing, (I like to sprinkle heavy).
- Add any topping you would like... nuts, raisins, granola, coconut... the list goes on!
- Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, or microwave for 7-8 minutes.
- Cool slightly, and EAT!!!
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