Baked Apples are an easy dessert that doesn’t really require a recipe. Anyone can make them and as they bake the house fills with the...' />
Baked Apples are an easy dessert that doesn’t really require a recipe. Anyone can make them and as they bake the house fills with the wonderful aroma of cinnamon and apple.
I bought a box of Macintosh and Arlet apples for a fundraiser so was baking apple everything. There are so many varieties available this is the time of year to try something new. Some apples are definitely better for baking than others, but don’t let that stop you.
Macintosh apples bake into applesauce mush in thirty minutes while some varieties are more likely to split open. This is only a problem if you are going for the look, they will all have their own flavour and your favourite will no doubt be different from the people you live with. So don’t worry about the rules, start checking your apples at about thirty minutes and figure out what you like best.
Cut your apples anyway you like. Core them and put the lids back on, core the apple without cutting the top or even cut them right down the middle and bake apple halves. This last method allows you to add a generous amount of topping over the entire surface.
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The cored out space in the center of the apple is small but that tiny bit of filling bakes a simple apple into a heavenly treat. Most baked apple recipes don’t include wheat flour making this a naturally gluten free dessert. The combination of butter, cinnamon and sugar melts into a thin sauce that pairs perfectly with the texture of a soft apple. Anything else you add is extra but gives you lots of room to be creative and bake up your perfect apple dessert.
Beyond cinnamon, sugar and butter here are some ingredients to experiment with.
A baked apple can be the simplest of desserts that even a child can make. Yet an apple can be dressed up into a nice fall dessert. Some favourite additions are:
An apple corer is one of those infrequently used tools but a decent one will likely last you a lifetime. Although you need to be careful and not poke all the way through the bottom of the apple it is a useful tool and this is the one recipe when you want to have apple corer.
I also used my grapefruit knife to gently help remove the core. It has a serrated edge and a bit of a curve that is useful. Long, thin ice cream sundae spoon are also good for this job. I suggest you look in your kitchen drawers and see what you can find.
I’d love to hear in the comments below how your Baked Apples turned out and how you stuffed them.
|4 firm apples such as Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Rome or Empire (I used Arlet in this photo)|
|¼ cup brown sugar|
|¼ cup chopped pecans|
|1 tsp cinnamon|
|4 tsp butter|
|BAKING - ½ cup boiling water|
|OPTIONAL FOR SERVING –ice cream, whipped cream or caramel sauce|
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