Easy Baked Apples With Pecans

Baked apples

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
431 Calories
21g Fat
60g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 431
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 47g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 407mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This simple comfort food can be made with dark or golden raisins instead of the pecans if you'd like. You could use any kind of nut too - try them with walnuts or cashews. Or use dried cranberries or cherries for the filling.

The best apples for baking include Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Haralson, Mutsu, and Pink Lady. These apples don't turn mushy when cooked, and their flavor is strong enough to stand up to the heat of the oven. Don't choose Red Delicious apples for this recipe; their flavor is too mild, and the apple texture doesn't hold up when it's heated.

When I was working at the University of Minnesota Horticulture Department, the scientists there were breeding the first Honeycrisp apples. This apple has a spectacularly sweet and tart taste and the best crisp and crunchy texture. Look for it in the fall; it doesn't have a very long season.

This recipe is the essence of fall, fragrant with cinnamon, pecans, and brown sugar. The aroma of the baking apples will drift through your house, tempting all appetites. Serve this wonderful dessert with some hard sauce, which is made by mixing softened butter with powdered sugar and vanilla, or with some ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream. It's the perfect dessert for a hearty meal of meatloaf or roast chicken with a green salad and some roasted potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 Granny Smith apples, or Honeycrisp apples

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Cut the top off the apples to make a flat surface. Cut a strip of peel around the apple right next to the cut surface.

  3. Cut the core out of the apples, making sure to leave the skin at the bottom intact.

  4. Brush the apples with a tablespoon of the lemon juice.

  5. In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients except for the water and remaining lemon juice. Stuff apples with this mixture. Mound any remaining mixture on top of the apples. You can top each apple with the top that you cut off if you'd like.

  6. Place in a shallow baking dish and pour 1/3 cup water and the remaining 1 tbsp. lemon juice around apples.

  7. Bake the apples, uncovered, at 350 F for 30 to 40 minutes until apples are tender when pierced with a fork.

  8. Let cool 15 minutes before serving with hard sauce, ice cream, or whipped cream.