These easy Baked Apples are a delicious healthy fall dessert. Crisp fresh apples stuffed with cinnamon sugar, walnut mixture and baked until warm and tender. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
How was created Baked Apples?
Hooray for apple season! I have so many favorite apple recipes this time of year, It would be hard to choose a favorite! Top contenders are my Grandma’s apple cake, and the most popular apple crisp.
What I love about baked apples is you still get the sweet tooth fix, without all of the extra calories. My love for this healthy treat comes from my Mom. Whenever we had a big sweet tooth but didn’t want a heavy dessert she would make baked apples.
They take all of 5 minutes to prepare and the end result is sweet, tender apples with a deliciously sweet filling. I love to top mine with low-fat vanilla ice cream and a little drizzle of my favorite homemade caramel sauce. It’s perfection.
HOW TO MAKE BAKED APPLES:
Use a pairing knife to cut a deep hole into the apples, removing the core; this is where the filling will go.
Combine brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and nuts and fill the apples with this mixture.
Pour about 1/4 cup of water in a baking dish, place the apples on top. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until they are tender when poked with a fork.
When serving baked apples I like to scoop the juices from the bottom of the pan on top of the apples. Yum!
WHAT ARE THE BEST APPLES FOR BAKING?
Granny Smith apples are my favorite for any kind of baking, especially in dessert recipes like apple crisp, or Apple Cake where the apple is really the star of the show. For this recipe, I love to use large red apples, but you can really use any type of apple.
- 4 large unpeeled tart cooking apples (Rome, Granny Smith, Greening).
- 4 tablespoons granulated or packed brown sugar
- 4teaspoons butter or margarine
- 1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Heat oven to 375°F.
Core apples to within 1/2 inch of bottom. Peel 1-inch strip of skin from around middle of each apple, or peel upper half of each apple to prevent splitting. Place apples in ungreased glass baking dish.
Place 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon butter and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon in center of each apple. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon. Pour water into baking dish until 1/4 inch deep.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until apples are tender when pierced with a fork. (Time will vary depending on size and variety of apple.) Spoon syrup in dish over apples several times during baking if desired.
- Microwaving Baked Apples: You can make baked apples in minutes in your microwave oven. Just prepare the apples as directed, and place each one in a 10-ounce custard cup or individual microwavable casserole. Do not add water to the cups. Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 10 minutes, rotating cups 1/2 turn after 3 minutes, until apples are tender when pierced with a fork.
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