|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 36g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||18%|
|Total Sugars 27g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*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.|
You can't have enough ways to enjoy fresh apples when autumn hits. It's the best fruit of the season, and they're everywhere. If you're looking for an easy way to use up your apple stash or just in need of a quick and tasty dessert, this baked apple recipe is perfect.
This isn't a recipe for baked apple crisp with a crunchy sweet topping. It's much easier than that. These are simply baked apples cored and filled with a bit of a sweet mixture of raisins, brown sugar, and warm cinnamon. It's a healthy dessert with very little sugar, and it will fill your home with the most inviting aroma.
Granny Smith apples are the best baking apples and are recommended for this recipe. They will hold their shape, remain firm, and won't get mushy when baked. Plus, their tart flavor is a nice complement to the sweet filling. If you don't have them on hand, use whatever apples you have. If you have a choice, lean toward a tarter baking apple rather than a super-sweet apple.
Finally, this is a great dessert for just one or two people. At one apple per person, the baked apple mixture amounts can easily be reduced (or increased) to the number of people you are planning on serving. If you like, feel free to add crushed walnuts to the raisin and sugar mixture. They will lend some protein and texture to the filling.
"This comforting dessert has all the autumnal flavors you crave in an apple pie or crisp but without all the butter and flour. It's especially delicious with yogurt, ice cream or creme fraiche whipped cream." —Danielle Centoni
Gather the ingredients.
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 F.
Using a small paring knife, gently cut around the apple core, starting from the top to remove the inner core and seeds. Be sure to remove all the seeds and any stringy, firm parts while keeping the bottom intact. You'll want to remove all the core to have enough room to fill the emptied space.
Stand the apple up on a baking sheet with the cored portion up.
In a small bowl, combine the raisins, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Gently stir the ingredients together until they are well combined.
Using a small spoon, fill each apple cavity with about 1 tablespoon of the raisin mixture.
Place the apples in the oven and bake until the apples are tender, about 25 minutes. After about 20 minutes, check the apples for doneness by piercing them with a fork or sharp knife. If the apples are tender, remove them from the oven. If not, continue baking in 5-minute increments until they are completely tender.
Let cool slightly and serve warm with toppings of choice, if desired.
Serving Suggestion Tips
- These baked apples are absolutely delicious when eaten alone right out of the oven. It makes for a quick and relatively healthy dessert.
- However, you can also serve them much like you would serve a helping of baked apple crisp. Top each apple off with a small scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt, or even whipped cream. You end up with the perfect contrast of sweet, soft, warm apples and cold, sweet, melted ice cream. It is simply delightful.
- Change up the filling a bit by adding chopped walnuts into the mixture, or use dried cranberries in place of the raisins.
- Adjust the cinnamon to your taste, adding more or less, as you desire.
- Try other apple varieties for your baked apples, such as Honeycrisp or Jonagold.