Mouthwatering Baked Apples are the perfect way to enjoy the sweet flavors of apples. Serve them with ice cream or as a side to savory meals!
Baked Apples contain the comforting tastes and smells of fall, but these tasty bites can be made any time and for any meal! Bake your favorite apples with butter, cinnamon, sugar, and apple juice for a treat that complements roasted pork or served with ice cream and caramel sauce for a great Autumn dessert!
Apples are the perfect fruit all year round, but let’s be honest, no one gets excited about them until the fall! We dream of all the different ways we can stuff ourselves with apples but when I want to keep it simple I always go with Baked Apples. I love that I can use whatever apples I have on hand and that they only take a few minutes to prep and then they’re off to the oven so I can do other things. I can make as many or as few as I want to and since there are only five ingredients this whole recipe is a breeze! Ice cream is a must-have for us, but I can’t tell you how magical these are alongside a savory pork loin- it’s the perfect dinner!
Perfectly Moist Pork Loin is the meal to serve with baked apples to impress friends and family, and is a snap to make! Also, why not top everyone’s baked apples with Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce for a fantastic dessert!
Other Recipes to Serve with Baked Apples
- There are so many reasons to say, “Cheers!” to fall so say it with a delicious Apple Whiskey Sour!
- The morning isn’t as bright in the fall, but everyone will still gladly get out of bed for an Apple Cider Muffin!
Apples: Pick up your favorite variety of apples or a mix depending on what everyone likes. This recipe is for four apples so be sure to grab enough ingredients if you are making more than four baked apples.
Sugar and spice: Add ground cinnamon and granulated sugar to make these apples even more excellent.
Butter: You will need a little butter, so use what you have.
Apple Juice: Apple juice is also needed for this recipe.
How to Make Baked Apples
STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and set out a baking dish with high sides. Cut away most of the core of each apple, but be sure to leave the bottom of the apples intact so they are like a cup.
STEP TWO: Whisk together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Add butter to each apple, followed by one teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar mix. Place the apples into the baking dish and add apple juice to the bottom of the dish.
STEP THREE: Cover the dish with foil and bake the apples for 45 minutes or until they are soft. When it’s time to serve the apples, make sure not to tip them and spill the juice inside. Enjoy the baked apples for dinner or with ice cream and caramel sauce for dessert.
Tips for Success
- To core the apples, you can use a small melon baller or carefully cut the center of the apple with a pairing knife. Just be sure to leave the base of the apple to keep all of the juices inside.
- Choose medium to large apples for this dish so they’re easier to cut, and you have more to eat! Firmer apples like Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or Pink Lady’s are good options, but any apple you choose will be delicious.
- Leftover baked apples can be covered, refrigerated, and then warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds or until warm. Freezing is not recommended, as the apples will become soft and mushy as they thaw.
What are the best apples for baking?
When baking apples for any dish, from pie to baked apples, firmer apples that hold their shape are the best kinds of apples to use. As mentioned above, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, and Pink Lady are good choices, along with Braeburn, Cortland, and Fuji. The best apple to avoid for baking is Red Delicious. These apples are great to eat raw or enjoy in apple salads and slaws but do not hold up well while baking.
Are baked apples still healthy?
Baked apples are a simple dish with very few ingredients, where the apple is the star of the show, and yes, it’s still healthy. Compared to many other apple desserts and other desserts overall, there are fewer calories and fat in baked apples. Generally speaking, dishes containing few ingredients will be healthier, especially if the main ingredient is whole food like fruits or vegetables.
It’s Always Apple Season!
- Apple Dumplings
- Apple Cider Shandy
- Air Fryer Cinnamon Roll Wrapped Apple Rings
- Apple Pie Cookie Cups
- Homemade Apple Cider
*This post was originally posted on 09/11/2013.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Remove most of the core of the apple, leaving the bottom intact so that it acts as a cup to hold the filling.
- In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar.
- Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter into the apple hole. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar mixture over the butter.
- Place apples in a baking dish with high sides. Pour the apple juice into the bottom of the dish. Cover with foil.
- Cook for 45 minutes until the apples are tender.
- Remove from the oven. Use a spoon to carefully lift the apples by the bottom so the sauce inside doesn't spill out. Spoon pan sauce over the apples. Serve warm as is or top with vanilla ice cream and pan sauce.