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MoFo'n Mabon Baked Apple for 1

Autumn Equinox Eats.


Mabon (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the celebration of the Autumn Equinox, which occurs in 2015 on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 2:22 AM MDT (that’s today!). Mabon is a time of preparation for Samhain, the bigger festival that begins winter (think: Halloween) and it’s when we harvest blackberries, grapes, hops, and apples, which is why it’s also known as Second Harvest. Some Mabon rituals include building an altar out of harvest fruits and vegetables, meditating on balance, gathering and feasting on apples, and offering apples to goddesses.

apple harvest
first apple harvest of the year!
Pomona was an obscure Roman goddess, who has significance when it comes to the blooming of orchards and fruit trees in the fall; many honor her with apples as thanks for their bounty and blessings. The apple is associated with immortality, but is also considered a food for the dead, which is why it often makes an appearance at Mabon celebrations and why I’m honoring the delicious morsel first thing in the morning in celebration of Mabon. 

For breakfast, I had this amazing baked apple, but it’s not just any baked apple, because I baked this apple with a candle! Back in the day when I was 15 or 16, my fam and I had the pleasure of hosting a German foreign exchange student for a year (Hi Henni). Around Christmas time, her parents flew in all the way from Torgau with gifts in tow: a beautiful china tea set, some crazy holiday incense burner, and this blue apple don’t-really-know-if-it-has-a-name-thingy.


the blue apple don’t-really-know-if-it-has-a-name-thingy
the blue apple don’t-really-know-if-it-has-a-name-thingy
This blue apple thingy is so cool! You just pop an apple in the top and a tea light candle in the bottom and when the tea light candle burns out the apple is perfectly baked. I've described below how to make this apple if you do and don't have a blue apple thingy, because every one should try one of these baked apples. Speaking of one, that's how many servings this recipe makes (because that’s how many apples the blue apple thingy will hold at one time); you can easily make as many as you wish.
Vegan4One's Mabon Baked Apple for 1


Vegan4One's Mabon Baked Apple for 1


Mabon Baked Apple for 1

1 apple
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp oats
a pinch of cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg 
1/4 tbsp coconut spread, or any vegan butter 
  1. Core the apple, but make sure to leave about 1/2 inch of the bottom on it (you don’t want all the good stuff to fall out the bottom do you?)
  2. Mix together the sugar, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg and pack tightly into the apple. Top with butter.
  3. At this point this is where I light the candle and walk away, but if you don’t have one of these blue apple thingys, you’re going to have to pop your apple(s) in a 350 oven for about 40-45 minutes. The apple skin will get all wrinkly and the apple itself will show no resistance when it’s penetrated by a butter knife – that’s how you know it’s done.
Vegan4One's Mabon Baked Apple for 1


I've got some more great apple recipes for you, if you're interested.

Tomorrow we're gonna speculate on what [insert well known person] would eat if they were vegan.

ICYMI, here's MoFo'n Day 22 - PaleoChick and I used up a lot of produce from our garden to make this super easy, super delish,  Green Tomato Pasta Sauce (it's super). BONUS: post also includes PaleoChick's Kombucha Seeded Sourdough!

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All the love,

Amber

Comments

  1. Yay, Mabon! :D Your blue apple sounds so neat & your baked apple looks delicious!

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    1. it really is so freaking cool. i love it so much.

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  2. I love baked apples, I tend to fill mine with some dried fruit like raisins and nut too. But I am loving your ceramic Apple Baker, how unusual and unique that it is baked by candle. The house must smell amazing too when it is slow cooking. Lovely post, which has me hankering for one of those Ceramic Apple Bakers now.

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    1. thanks for coming up with a better name the "blue apple thingy" hahaha

      i like dried fruit and nuts in mine too!

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  3. Love the blue apple thingy! And the results look delicious!

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  4. I want a blue apple thingy! How cool is that. I'm of to search the internets for one.

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    1. let me know what you find! i need to get another one.

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    2. I've searched! There were some on eBay but very expensive but I found one on Amazon UK for £12 so going to put it on my birthday wish list! There's some beautiful painted Polish ones on Amazon.com but quite pricey and some plain un painted ones about half the price.

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  5. That is so cool! I've never seen one of those blue apple thingies before but I need to get one now!

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