|LONG AND SLOW APPLES|
This might have been a lovely recipe, except for the plastic wrap. I used Glad Cling wrap and it ruined this baking project. I carefully peeled and sliced my apples, went to the back yard and picked a fresh orange for its zest, put the other ingredients together and got my apples ready for a "long and slow" oven time.
I wrapped my apple filled ramekins in plastic, as suggested by Dorie, and then covered them, but I should have used my brain. Plastic in the oven? I've used plastic wrap marginally in a 175^ oven to give covered bread dough a quicker rise, but I watch it closely and have never gone over 200^.
I read the Glad wrap package and it suggests only microwave use when heating. And then only if the wrap is an inch above the food and specifically instructs that plastic wrap is not to be used with sweet/sugary foods, which can cause melting. Oven use was not even a thought on the directions.
|PLASTIC I PICKED OUT OF MY APPLES--GROSS!|
I've just spent the past hour picking off plastic, a real mess, off my ramekins, off my silicone baking mat, and out of my apples.
The plastic that I found inside with the apples had originally started out covering the ramekin tops. After the 2 hour bake plastic and apples had become one.
After thinking that I had done a pretty good job of picking out the plastic, I tried to taste one of my desserts...UCK! I had to spit out plastic, which looked like apple, and this dessert has a plastic flavor...not desirable.
Especially in today's kitchens where we are mindful of bad stuff given off by heated plastics into our foods, this idea of using plastic wrap in the oven seems out of it for several reasons. Dorie blew it in this recipe. I'm sure it has worked for her, and maybe it worked for many of you, but it was a huge failure for me.
Lesson learned: Use my head. I know better. I look forward to the French Apple Tart with those of you who bake with the Tuesdays with Dorie and Julia group...I anticipate a better apple experience!
Hope you all fared better that I! Have a great week.