The Humble Baked Apple: A perfect fall/winter dessert!
Welcome to another recipe post!
It was my mums birthday this weekend and to celebrate I had her and my sister over for lunch. I love to cook for and feed others, it’s my way of showing love and generosity. I think I got this from my mum actually, she’s an exceptional cook and I learn’t most of what I know from her.
I’m in the second trimester of my pregnancy and generally feeling pretty good, however I have noticed that lately I have been having really busy weekends on top of my already busy work week and the result of this is increasing fatigue. This weekend was no exception so while it was important to me to have my family over and provide them with delicious and lovingly created food, I also wanted to make it as easy on myself as possible.
I ended up making a DELICIOUS and creamy roasted cauliflower soup topped with some fresh parsley, black pepper and Grana Padano cheese. I stopped in at our towns bakery and bought a fresh loaf of rye sourdough to accompany the soup. For dessert I wanted something flavourful and seasonal so I decided to make these super easy and very tasty baked apples. I remember having baked apples at home when I was a child, mum would make them in winter for dessert and they were always a favourite of ours. Baked apples have so much going for them, firstly, they are a relatively cheap dessert even when serving many people especially when apples are in season, they are easy to prepare allowing you to concentrate on your guests, and they look and taste amazing without too much effort from you. I also find them extremely festive, their smell and taste just reminds me of the fall/winter season which is so comforting.
You don’t need to be a whiz in the kitchen to whip up an impressive dessert, it is quite difficult to fail at baked apples, the worst that might happen is they will burst while cooking, which at the end of the day may mean they look a little less impressive, but I am telling you, they will still taste just as amazing!
Mum loved her birthday lunch and it was so nice to spend time with my family at home rather than heading out to a noisy restaurant or cafe, there is nothing that makes your home feel more homely than good company and good food.
After sharing pictures of the baked apples on my Instagram I have had a couple of requests for the recipe, so thought I would get it up on the blog ASAP – see the details below. Having said that, baked apples are extremely customisable, you can pretty much stuff them with whatever takes your fancy, feel free to use my recipe as a base and just use whatever you have on hand for the filling! If you give these a go, please do send me a photo over on Instagram so I can see your creation, or leave a quick comment below to let me know how you found them.
Thank you for stopping by the blog, I hope you are all having a wonderful week!
Until next time,
Baked apples are a delicious yet frugal dessert, especially good for entertaining and feeding large numbers of people. They look impressive but take minimal effort and have that delicious fall/winter festive feel about them!
- 4 large pink lady apples (can use other varieties)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp sultanas
- 1/3 cup walnuts roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp real maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup water
- 4 scoops vanilla ice cream for serving use almond or coconut based ice cream if avoiding dairy
Preheat fan forced oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit)
Wash and core apples, shaving away a little extra from the centre to ensure the hole in the middle is big enough for filling
Use a small sharp knife to score a line around the apple (about 1/3 of the way down) just cutting through the skin (this is to prevent them from exploding in the oven as they cook)
Place apples on a deep baking tray (I used my cast iron skillet)
In a bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, sultanas, cinnamon and most of the chopped walnuts (reserve some for topping)
Divide oat mixture evenly between the apples, spooning it into the centre of each
Sprinkle remaining walnuts on top of the apples
Drizzle the maple syrup evenly over the apples
Pour the water into the base of the baking tray around the apples
Place tray in the oven and set timer for 30 minutes
Apples may be ready sooner depending on their size and the power of your oven, generally you will be able to smell when they are ready
Once the apples are cooked through and the skin/topping is golden, remove from the oven and place into individual bowls
Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to each bowl and drizzle with some more maple syrup if desired
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Baked apples are best eaten fresh, however if you do find yourself with extra, do not add the ice cream and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply reheat and add ice cream to serve!
If you don't have the right ingredients for the stuffing on hand, feel free to make up your own, baked apples are very customisable and you can fill them with almost anything that takes your fancy!