Apples! Apples! Apples!
It seems like I just can’t get enough of that amazing fruit. Here is a super easy and very classy baked apple recipe with a special twist that would have delighted Johnny Appleseed.
Top with whipped cream or serve on a caramel drizzled plate and you have a dessert that is gluten-free and full of flavor.
Start with baking apples. They are denser in texture and usually have a tart flavor. If you are not sure which one is best, ask the grocer or farmer which apple to use.
I have made baked apples for years. It is easy to pop a dish of prepared apples in the oven when you are pulling dinner out.
By the time you are done eating and the kitchen is cleaned, your apples are done and cooled off enough to eat.
One thing that used to happen when I didn’t peel off the skin was that the apples would get a little mushy and slightly collapse inside the skin. THEN, I read that peeling the apple made a huge difference since it wasn’t trapping in the steam and breaking down the fibers. I tried it and it worked like a champ!
Also, the corer is a tool. It is a kitchen tool. Just like your husband or significant other might have a tool box with a hammer in it, you might need one of these tools for your tool box. Plus, I love things that are multi functional. The corer works on potatoes which can be filled with sausage and cheese. But, let’s stick to apples for now.
Taking out the core can be tricky the first few times around. Just do your best and if the apple is a bit misshapen and you end up with a seed left in the center..SO WHAT!
Now, if you end up with part of a worm still in the core, you might want to worry a little :~)
So break out your apron, grab a bushel of apples and lets bake something memorable!
- 6 baking apples
- 6 Tbs quick oats
- 3 Tbs brown sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbs butter
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- OPTIONAL - 6 pieces of caramel
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash apples
- Peel around the middle of each apple
- Core out the middle with a corer or with a small spoon.
- Cut a small piece off the end of core and "plug" the end of the apple.
- Mix all remaining ingredient until the butter is fully incorporated.
- Fill apple.
- Top with a small caramel.
- Put in baking dish and put enough water to barely cover the bottom of dish.
- Cover and bake for 30 minutes or until apple is done.
- Serve warm on a caramel drizzled plate or topped with whipped cream.