Cinnamon Baked Apples, perfect for Autumn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food blogger and business owner Trish Ryan is constantly looking for healthy options to feed herself and her family. She is the founder of Time for Dinner, a meal planning service to help you enjoy healthy meals with your family. In this post, she celebrates APPLES!

baked apples

It’s apple season. And “them apples” are everywhere.  We have a tradition in our family. As soon as the air turns crisp, my son and I head to Terhune Orchards.  We hop on the tractor and check out the map that leads us to the section of the farm that grows our favorite varieties and we go crazy.  We taste all of our favorites and make a mental list of what we will make with our pounds and pounds of apples.  I am always amazed of the abundance of apples that are available and how perfect they are. We pick until our arms are heavy from the bags we are carrying.  It’s a great feeling.

There are many treats to make with all them apples, and I can’t wait until my entire house is filled with the aromas that accompany the recipes I create.   One of my family’s favorites is baked apples, but of course I can’t stop there.  I have apple fritters and apple fries as well as ham and apple pizza on my list.  With all that food, I’ll be sure to invite plenty of friends over to enjoy them.

Cinnamon Baked Apples

Active time:  15 minutes   Total time:  30 minutes    Serves:  4

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples, like Jonagold, Fuji, or Honeycrisp
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (dark or light)
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of cloves
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided in four
  •  1 cup hot water

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Remove the core of the apples, cutting to within a half inch of the bottom of the apple and creating a well, about 3/4-inch wide.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Divide the mixture between the apples, packing the wells firmly.
  4. Arrange the apples in an 8 x 8 baking dish, and top each one with a pat of butter. Pour the water into the bottom of the dish and cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and remove foil. Continue baking, uncovered, until the apples are soft and the brown sugar has melted into a syrup, an additional 20-30 minutes. The skin on the apples will also become wrinkled and soft by the end of cooking.

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Trish Ryan is the founder of Time for Dinner, a service to help simplify the meal planning process and enjoy dinner with your family.

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