A spledidly sweet Fall treat!

It was the year I tried to introduce Halloween to Oslo. You might not know this, but Halloween is not really celebrated in most parts of Europe. It’s a very American tradition. As a kid, I remember I once saw an old American movie that was set around Halloween. I was spellbound by all the pumpkins, candy, and costumes. So I decided that I wanted to throw a Halloween party.

As we lived in a kind of remote area and I didn’t really care for other kids, the invitation list was my Mormor, great aunt, and myself. Mormor got hold of a pumpkin that we carved into a face.

Then there was, of course, the age old question of what to wear. I changed my mind every day—it went from doctor to bear, flight attendant, and little Lord Fauntleroy. Mormor thought it would be a good idea for us all to dress up as witches. She bought tons of thin black fabric and we started making the costumes.

The day came, we got dressed, and I wanted to go from house to house and show off our fab costumes. Somehow Mormor talked me out of it. Instead we stayed home, she told scary stories, and we made baked apples filled with marzipan, butter, cinnamon, and sugar.

When my parents came home late at night, we hid behind a big tree in the garden and scared them. It was the only time I heard my dad scream like a little girl! Happy Halloween!

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Serves 4

4 semi-tart apples

1 tablespoon+2 tablespoons butter

8 oz marzipan

¼ cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup slivered almonds

whipped cream, for serving

ice cream, for serving

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Grease an ovenproof dish with 1 tablespoon butter.
  3. Core the apples, but don’t core them all the way to the bottom. You don’t want all the good stuff to run out the bottom!
  4. Scoop out as much of the apple as you can to make room for the filling.
  5. In a bowl, mix marzipan, sugar, cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons butter. It’s messy, so use your fingers.
  6. Fill the apples with the mixture and sprinkle almonds on top.
  7. Bake for about 25–30 minutes.
  8. Let cool slightly before serving with some whipped cream or ice cream.


Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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