During the fall, when apples are their freshest, the aroma of these low calorie baked apples fills our house with all the smells of autumn. I can never find enough things to do with fresh apples. Given, my favorite way to eat a fresh autumn apple is right off of the tree. But these baked apples come close to my second favorite way.
Now this isn't a recipe for baked apple crisp with a crunchy sweet topping. These are simply baked apples that have cored and filled with a bit of sweetness from raisins, brown sugar, and warm cinnamon.
To serve them, you could absolutely eat them by themselves right out of the oven. It makes for a relatively healthful dessert. However, one of our favorite ways of serving them is much like you would serve a helping of baked apple crisp. We like to top ours off with a small scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream or creamy vanilla frozen yogurt for just the right amount of contrast. You end up with sweet, soft warm apples and cold sweet melted ice cream that is just delightful.
Use granny smith apples as they are terrific baking apples and hold their shape throughout the baking process. They also do not become mushy when baked but rather stay a little more firm. Plus their tart flavor is a nice accompaniment to the sweet filling.
- 4 medium-sized granny smith apples
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
2. Wash and scrub the apples well/ Using a small paring knife, gently cut around the core of the apple starting from the top of the apple to remove the inner core and seeds from the apple. Be sure to remove all seeds and any stringy firm parts while keeping the bottom in tact. Stand the apple up on a baking sheet with the cored portion up.
3. Next, in a small dish, combine the raisins, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Gently stir the ingredients together to combine them well. Then, using a small spoon, fill each cavity in the apples with about 1 Tablespoon of the raisin mixture.
4. Place the apples in the oven, and bake them 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 for five minute increments until they are completely done. Serve right way by themselves or topped with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Per Serving Calories 133, Fat 1 gm, Carbs 37gm, Pro 1gm, Dietary Fiber 5gm