Baked Apples

December 18, 2013

This is a great snack, side dish, or healthy dessert.  One of my kids actually loved it!!!  (Big deal!)  This is great for a different way to prepare apples.  Since all of my kids will eat apple slices, I am trying to help them branch out with texture and variety with something familiar that they know they already like in at least one form.  This is sort of like applesauce, but it still looks like an apple.  The are delicious warm or cooled, and they have a lovely smooth texture that my picky eater could palate!
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Start with washed apples.  I found this fun apple corer at my favorite grocery store for produce.  I love Ream’s produce because they have more locally grown produce than other grocery stores, and they always have the best produce sales!  Ream’s isn’t fancy or new, but maybe that’s why I like them.

 I think this is really cool.  And the handle unlocks for easy cleanup.

 It’s really sharp!!  It slides right into the apples.  No effort required.

 Core all of your apples.  This took about 15 seconds.  Prick the skin with a fork.

 Add whatever sounds good.  For these apples I added about 1 tsp sugar to the hole, then smeared the top with some honey-cinnamon butter.

Add a little bit of water to the bottom of your baking dish.

 Enjoy a delicious, healthy dessert that can bake while you eat dinner!

Baked Apples 

4 apples (like gala or fuji)
cinnamon sugar
real maple syrup

Wash and core apples and prick skin with a fork.  Place in a baking dish and place a small amount of sugar to the hole and butter over (or in) the hole.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Add a little bit of water to the bottom of the baking dish to keep the apples from drying out.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.  Let cool for a few minutes, they will be very hot inside.  Cut in half and drizzle with a little bit of real maple syrup.

*To omit the butter and sugar, drizzle with some maple syrup or honey and a light dusting of cinnamon before baking.

By Becky

Becky is a mom to 4 kiddos and wife to an awesome guy. She's a food fanatic and loves creating and improving recipes. Bread is her weakness and delicious food is her passion!