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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.

A platter with four Baked Apples and Caramel Sauce on the side.
Baked Apples with Caramel Sauce on the side -photo credit Jim Little

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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Filling Baked Apples Gluten Free

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.

Close up of baked apples with cinnamon-sugar filling and caramel sauce on top.
Baked Apples with cinnamon-sugar filling and Caramel Sauce -photo credit Jim Little

Beyond cinnamon, sugar and butter here are some ingredients to experiment with.

  • -Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves or pumpkin pie spice
  • -Chopped walnuts or pecans
  • -Raisins or dried cranberries
  • Gluten free whole oats
  • Granola
  • -The crunchy streusel topping you see on the top of some muffins. I often have some of this leftover (in the freezer) so it’s a good way to use it up. Sometimes it contains oats or some gluten free flour but if it’s ready to use I love it.

Dressing Up Baked Apples

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:

  • -Thick cream
  • -Whipped cream
  • -Ice cream
  • Caramel sauce – this easy recipe is the best way I know to use up leftover whipping cream before it goes bad. Click on the link to see the recipe.

Get The Tools

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.


More Apple Recipes

A baking rack with gluten free rhubarb streusel muffins surrounded by chopped rhubarb and a rhubarb leaf
Rhubarb Streusel Muffins -photo credit Jim Little

Ingredients

4 firm apples such as Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Rome or Empire (I used Arlet in this photo)
FILLING
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

Directions

1
Preheat oven to 375°F.
2
Slice the top off of each apple and set aside.
3
Using an apple corer or grapefruit knife carefully remove the core leaving the bottom of the apple intact.
4
FILLING
5
Combine brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon in a small bowl.
6
Spoon filling into apples and top each one with 1 tsp of butter.
7
Sprinkle any remaining filling over the apples.
8
Put apple tops back on.
9
Pour boiling water into the bottom of the dish.
10
Bake in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes depending on the variety of apple.
11
SERVING – Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sauce or all three.

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