You cannot have enough ways to enjoy fresh apples when autumn hits. It's the best fruit of the season and they're everywhere. If you're looking for an easy way to use up your apple stash, this baked apple recipe is perfect.
This isn't a recipe for baked apple crisp with a crunchy sweet topping, it's much easier than that. These are simply baked apples that are cored and filled with a bit of sweet mixture of raisins, brown sugar, and warm cinnamon. It's a healthy dessert with very little sugar and it will fill your home with the most inviting aroma.
Granny Smith apples are the best baking apples and recommended for this recipe. They will hold their shape, remain firm, and won't get mushy when baked. Plus, their tart flavor is a nice complement to the sweet filling.
- 4 medium apples (Granny Smith)
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F
- Wash and scrub the apples well.
- Using a small paring knife, gently cut around the core of the apple starting from the top to remove the inner core and seeds. Be sure to remove all the seeds and any stringy, firm parts while keeping the bottom intact.
- Stand the apple up on a baking sheet with the cored portion up.
- In a small bowl, combine the raisins, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Gently stir the ingredients together until they are well combined.
- Using a small spoon, fill each apple cavity with about 1 tablespoon of the raisin mixture.
- Place the apples in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes.
- After about 20 minutes, check the apples for doneness by piercing them with a fork or sharp knife. If the apples are tender, remove them from the oven. If not, continue baking in 5-minute increments until they are completely done.
These baked apples are absolutely delicious when eaten alone right out of the oven. It makes for quick and a relatively healthy dessert.
However, you can also serve them much like you would serve a helping of baked apple crisp. Top each apple off with a small scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. You end up with the perfect contrast of sweet, soft, warm apples and cold, sweet, melted ice cream. It is simply delightful.