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Delicious Baked Apples

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Delicious Baked Apples are whole apples baked with brown sugar and spices for the perfect fall treat.

Fall is back and it is a completely welcomed sight. I am entranced by all the magic this season has to offer. The crisp air, the colors of the changing leaves, and all the traditions that come with the change of the season. It is finally time to pull out our sweaters and dust off the soup pot from our shelves.

With the end of the summer heatwave we experienced, I couldn’t be more ready. So naturally, I have begun those fall traditions within our home. Even a tad early, some might say. But who’s keeping track anyhow?

There’s even pumpkin farm planning in the works and wood for bonfires stacked at the backdoor. But even with all the outings and natural beauty, there is something to be said about the impact that food has on us. I would say, the flavors of the season might just be the very best any season had to offer.

These delicious baked apples are a total fall treat and a great way to start the season off. A blend of warmth from cinnamon with apples and brown sugar. I must say if you entertain at all during the fall months. Serve these! They are beautifully plated and can be made up ahead of time. Whenever you give anyone a baked apple, they are sure to smile.

For other ways to dive into fall be sure to check out this Cinnamon Apple Loaf Cake and for breakfast, these incredible Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes.

Why I Love This Recipe

I love making whole fruit-style desserts that have rich flavors yet not the heaviness that can come from a rich dessert. These Poached Pears in Wine Sauce are another one of my favorites to make for this. But during the fall and winter months, it is all about these delicious baked apples for us. The warm cinnamon flavor and sweetness of the apples scream fall. Yet without me having to bake an entire pie or overindulge in pastry-style desserts. Which as you know can easily happen this time of year.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon provides a warmth and fall flavor to the dish that pairs perfectly with apple. Giving it a real apple pie taste without the fuss of making a whole pie.

Brown Sugar: Added to sweeten. Brown sugar has a sweet molasses essence that only adds to the fall theme of these delicious baked apples. You can substitute it for white sugar.

Butter: Butter gives it a rich flavor and allows it to meld the sugar and spices together when baked.

Pecans: Added for crunch and flavor. Pecans work excellently for creating texture and crunch in each bite. Also, the pecans have a nice flavor that works perfectly with brown sugar and cinnamon. You can substitute walnuts or almonds for the pecans. The flavor will be slightly different with each nut.

What You Will Need To Make Them

6 apples

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped pecans

2 tsp cinnamon

6 tbsp butter

2 cups water

Tools You Will Need

Baking Dish

Pairing Knife

Directions

Begin by washing and drying the apples.

woman inserting a knife into the top of an apple

Use a sharp pair knife to cut around the core on the top of each apple.

woman taking a spoon to core apple

Pluck it out then use a spoon to scoop out the rest of the seeds and core.

cored apples ready to be stuffed

Chop the pecans into small pieces.

chopped pecans on a cutting board

In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon.

cinnamon and sugar stuffing for apples

Stir with a spoon.

scooping cinnamon and sugar into apples

Then evenly fill each apple by scooping the sugar mixture into the center.

pouring water into the baking dish

Then pour 2 cups of water into the baking dish.

stuffed apples ready for the oven to be baked

Cut up the butter into 1 tbsp pieces. Place 1 butter piece on top of each apple.

Bake at 375℉ for 45 minutes until each apple is cooked through.

delicious baked apples in a baking dish
scooping topping over delicious baked apples
delicious baked apple on a plate with whipped cream
delicious baked apples on a plate with whipped cream

Best Apples To Use

There are certainly several different apples you can use to make these delicious baked apples. But some work better than others. I find Braeburn, Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious, Fuji, and Pink Lady to work best. But you can certainly use a granny smith if you like more of a tart taste. Make sure to also choose apples that will stand straight up as you don’t want them to topple over while baking.

Selecting Apples

Choose apples that are free from knicks, cuts, or bruises. The peel should be firmly in place. The apple should not be squishy or soft in appearance as this can indicate an apple is past its prime.

Baking Notes

  • Use a pairing knife to cut around the core. You can core the apple using just the knife, but I find a spoon helpful to help scoop out seeds from the bottom.
  • Use real butter.
  • Adding water is an important step in keeping the apples moist during baking and preventing them from drying out.

Ways To Serve

  • I have a few suggestions for serving these delicious baked apples. Though they are delicious just as they are. There are a couple of ways to dress them up a bit if you are in the mood to.
  • Serve them with a large dollop of whipped cream to dip the apple as you slice it.
  • A scoop of vanilla ice goes perfectly with this warm baked apple.
  • Drizzling a caramel sauce over the apple adds a little extra decadence to the delicious baked apple. Not to mention, it’s a beautiful touch.
  • These delicious baked apples are under dessert but make a fun treat for breakfast too.

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delicious baked apples in a baking dish

Delicious Baked Apples

Yield: 6 apples
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

a delicious whole baked apple filled with cinnamon and spices

Ingredients

  • 6 apples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions

    1. Begin by washing and drying the apples.
    2. Use a sharp pair knife to cut around the core on the top of each apple.
    3. Pluck it out then use a spoon to scoop out the rest of the seeds and core.
    4. Chop the pecans into small pieces.
    5. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon. Stir with a spoon.
    6. Then evenly fill each apple by scooping the sugar mixture into the center.
    7. Cut up the butter into 1 tbsp pieces. Place 1 butter piece on top of each apple.
    8. Then pour 2 cups of water into the baking dish.
    9. Bake at 375℉ for 45 minutes until each apple is cooked through.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 6gSugar: 34gProtein: 1g

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