Our baked apples are tender, sweet, and flavored with cinnamon, maple syrup, and walnuts. They are healthy and easy to make with only 6 ingredients.
Baked apples are a cozy and comforting dessert perfect for chilly fall and winter days and special occasions, such as winter holidays and Thanksgiving.
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If you are looking for a delicious, easy, and healthy dessert, you've found it! You can put together our baked apple recipe with minimal effort and just 6 pantry staples.
We keep the apples whole rather than cut them into apple slices because they stay super moist this way.
To infuse the apple with flavor, we scoop out the core and stuff it with a mixture of raisins, maple syrup, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts.
We then bake the apples in the oven for about 50 minutes to an hour until they become moist, tender, and irresistible.
However, to make this baked apple recipe even more unique, you can cook the apple juice released from baking with sugar to turn it into a quick homemade caramelized apple syrup.
Serve the apples with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with the caramelized sauce. You'll see what a delicious surprise.
Most apples are good for baking so use what you have at home. We prefer medium to large apples, so they are easier to the core and fill with the other ingredients.
If you are looking for the best apples for baking, then we recommend Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Gala apples.
If you prefer less sweet and more tart flavors, try Granny Smith, Winesap, and Cortland. Other varieties that you can use are Braeburn, Melrose, and Jonagold.
You can use regular butter or dairy-free butter. They are both excellent for this baked apple recipe.
Some recipes call for coconut oil, but that doesn't really taste good to us in this recipe, so we don't recommend it.
Raisins add natural sweetness to this recipe. If you want to make this recipe without any other sweetener, add a little more raisins inside the apples.
You can substitute cranberries, dried figs (chopped), dried apricots (chopped), and dates (chopped) for raisins.
We like to add a drizzle of maple syrup, although that's not necessary. The raisins add some sweetness that is enough for a lot of people.
You can substitute maple syrup with honey, agave syrup, or any sugar, such as white, brown sugar, light-brown sugar, or coconut sugar.
Walnuts or pecans are best for this recipe. First, chop or crush them, then add them to the cored apple with the other ingredients.
Cinnamon is our favorite spice for baked apples. However, if you want to make this recipe even more Christmassy, then you can also add clove, nutmeg, and ginger.
Add some hot water to the baking dish before baking the apples. The water will help the apples cook and turn into a delicious apple sauce.
Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. Wash and dry the apples.
Cut off the stem and the seeds with a paring knife, then scoop out the core with a teaspoon.
We like to use a measuring teaspoon to do that. If you have it, you can also use an apple corer; however, don't core the apple through the other side as we are going to stuff it.
Transfer the apples onto a baking dish, then mix raisins, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts into a small bowl.
Fill the apples with the mix, then drizzle with maple syrup.
Add a piece of butter on top, then sprinkle with more cinnamon. Finally, add the hot water to the baking tray.
Bake the apples for 50 minutes to one hour, depending on the size of the apples.
They should turn out brown and tender throughout. Before serving them, baste them with their juice using a spoon and drizzle the liquid in the baking dish into each apple a few times.
Serve the apples with some cooking juice and optionally with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream or dairy-free ice cream.
Serve these baked apples with a few vanilla ice cream or whipped cream scoops.
You can also turn the cooking juices of the apples into caramelized apple juice. To do so, transfer the liquid left over in the baking pan into a small saucepan.
Add a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar and let simmer on low heat for a few minutes until the sugar melts and the juice turns into a syrup (caramelization).
Drizzle the syrup on top of the apples (or of the ice cream) with a spoon.
Baked pears are a great alternative to baked apples. You'll have a delicious and original dessert in just about 30 minutes and with the same simple ingredients.
Check out our baked pears recipe.
Hasselback baked apples
Hasselback baked apples with crips streusel on top are a pretty way of preparing your baked apples.
Each apple is cut into thin slices, then opened like a fan and filled with cinnamon and sugar.
They are topped with an oat, sugar, and nuts crumble that turns sweet and crispy as it bakes. Their texture and flavor remind us of apple crisps. They are a beautiful alternative to regular baked apples, although they require a little more work.
Check out our Hasselback baked apples.
Store leftover baked apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Then, reheat in the microwave for a few minutes.
To make it healthier, reduce the amount of syrup and avoid the ice cream.
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- 4 big apples we recommend Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Gala apples.
- ¼ cup walnuts or pecans (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 1 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup more or less to taste
- 4 small squares butter or dairy-free butter
- ⅓ cup hot water
- 4 scoops vanilla ice cream or dairy-free ice cream
- 4 scoops whipped cream or dairy-free whipped cream
- Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. Wash and dry the apples.Cut off the stem and the seeds with a paring knife, then scoop out the core with a teaspoon.
- We like to use a measuring teaspoon to do that. If you have it, you can also use an apple corer; however, don't core the apple through the other side as we are going to stuff it.
- Transfer the apples onto a baking dish, then mix raisins, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts into a small bowl.Fill the apples with the mix, then drizzle with maple syrup.
- Add a piece of butter on top, then sprinkle with more cinnamon. Finally, add the hot water to the baking tray.
- Bake the apples for 40 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the apples.They should turn out brown and tender throughout. Before serving them, baste them with their juice using a spoon and drizzle the liquid in the baking dish into each apple a few times.
- Serve the apples with some cooking juice and optionally with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream.
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