German Baked Apples

Baked Apples - German Bratapfeln

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  • Total: 67 mins
  • Prep: 7 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 4 Baked Apples (4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
610 Calories
27g Fat
84g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 Baked Apples (4 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 610
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 270mg 90%
Sodium 167mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 84g 31%
Dietary Fiber 7g 23%
Protein 14g
Calcium 217mg 17%
*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.)

German baked apples or Bratapfeln are a common treat when the weather turns colder. Christmas and winter would not be the same without the smell of apples baking in the oven after returning from a long walk through the woods or a day of sledding.

This easy dessert, which also can be eaten as a sweet main dish, is a traditional German offering when the temperatures drop. Often, they form the backbone of a baked-apple party, because they're inexpensive and so easy to make. 

Variations abound, but the most common is made, simply, with sugar and butter, raisins and nuts. Elevate this baked apples recipe to a gift from the gods with the addition of vanilla sauce for a delicious dessert.

The Belle de Boskoop apple variety, originally from the Netherlands, is traditionally used, but any other pie apple will work fine. 


  • For the Apples:
  • 4 apples (baking variety such as Boskoop or another pie apple)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Vanilla Sauce:
  • 4 large egg yolks (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 450 F.

  2. Core apples (or cut into quarters, core and put back together).

  3. Mix butter and sugar, add raisins and walnuts. Pack filling into hollowed-out apples. Place in buttered baking dish and cover with lid or aluminum foil.

  4. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the tip of a thin knife can easily pierce the apple.

  5. Serve on plates and drizzle the caramelized pan juices over the apples. You also may want to serve these apples with warm vanilla sauce.

To make the vanilla sauce:

  1. In a medium heatproof bowl, beat together the egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar (if you are using vanilla extract instead of vanilla sugar, it will be added later) until the yolks are thick and pale yellow and the sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes.

  2. In a heavy-bottomed 2-quart saucepan, bring the 2 cups of milk to a boil. Pour the hot milk slowly and in a thin stream over the egg yolk mixture, whisking continuously by hand or with an electric mixer.

  3. Pour the tempered egg-yolks back into the saucepan and heat without boiling until mixture coats the back of a spoon.

  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, if you are using it instead of the vanilla sugar. Serve warm or cold.


You might want to cook the egg yolk-milk mixture in a double boiler, which heats gently and will help to prevent the sauce from curdling.

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