Select firm apples that are slightly tangy, such as Pippin, Golden Delicious or Chantecler. Honeycomb or a full-flavored honey from a specialty food shop works best here.


  • 6 medium apples or 10 small apples
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter plus extra for the dish
  • 3 tablespoon lightly salted butter
  • 1 3/4 ounce honeycomb or 5 heaping tablespoons flavorful honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter an appropriately sized ovenproof dish.
  2. Using a small, pointed knife, score the skin of each apple in a spiral around its entire circumference.
  3. Arrange the apples in the dish. Dot the two types of butter evenly around the dish. Dice the honeycomb and divide the cubes evenly among the apples.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, drizzling the apples from time to time with the juices in the pan.
  5. Serve warm or chilled.

Adapted from Apples: Sixty Classic and Innovative Recipes for Nature's Most Sublime Fruit by Christophe Adam (Rizzoli).

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