September 23, 2013

Baked Apples

It's fall, and apple season. I had two buckets full of apples from the one tree that produced this year, and I'd finally reached the point of "use them or lose them." They were small this year though, and I was putting off the tedious task of peeling them; I've decided to just make jelly with them. Before starting that, I chose the largest of them to make baked apples, something my husband particularly enjoys.

Baked Apples

I washed the apples well, soaking them in a sink of water with apple cider vinegar. Then I cored them, but not all the way through. Leaving the bottom of the apple intact helps them hold their shape and keeps all the good stuff inside while they are baking. I do peel the top of the apple so it's easier to eat them.

Core the apples, but not all the way through.

Next I arranged the apples in the baking dish and filled the insides with brown sugar, then poured a little water inside as well. I prefer to use maple syrup instead of the sugar and water, but the syrup bottle was empty. A little additional water in the baking dish will help keep them from sticking.

Fill the middle of the apples with brown sugar and a little water.

Bake at 375°F for about an hour. When they are done they will be soft when poked with a fork. You might have to bake them longer, it will depend on the variety and size of the apples. These took 90 minutes even though they were small.

Bake at 375°F until the apples are soft when pierced with a fork.

Serve warm or cold. A sprinkle of cinnamon, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream are all delicious additions. We eat them with grapefruit spoons so we can scrape out all the goodness.


You might also enjoy:
Apple Pie
Harvest Apple Jelly
How to Can Apples

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5 comments:

  1. I have never tried this. They look really good. Thank you.

    Fern

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  2. Thank you, Fern. They are delicious, and easy to make. Using maple syrup rather than the brown sugar makes them healthier. :-)

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  3. I've been processing apples all week. I bet these smell lovely! My name is Katie and I host <a href="http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/tag/fall-into-the-holidays/</a>, open Saturdays. I would love to have you link up!

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  4. It's definitely apple time, isn't it, Katie? I've been making juice for jelly and the whole house smells like apples. I'm on the last batch now... next step: make the jelly...

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  5. I love baked apples - these look delicious! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday, Kathy -

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