Baked Apples

Baked Apples
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It’s been a rough week at the Sykes house hold, and I won’t bore you with details, but creating this recipe yesterday was extremely cathartic.  I’m sure you know by now how much I love fall, and I hope you do too.  This recipe is right in line with the spirit of the season.  I put a special twist in it that gives it an extra kick.  You’ll just have to make the recipe to find out what the “secret” ingredient does!  Enjoy these baked apples!

Makes 8 servings

Serving size 1/2 apple

Calories: 232 Fat: 9.5g Carbohydrates:  34.9g  Protein:  3.5g  Sodium:  190mg

Ingredients:

4 granny smith apples, cored

1/2 cup flour

1 cup uncooked oats

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 cup butter

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons sugar in the raw

1 teaspoon vanilla

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Core the apples.  I will not tell you how I cored my apples, because it was most definitely the wrong way to do it!  Best use an apple corer, or check out this article by ehow.  Spray the bottom of your baking dish with nonstick spray.  You will need a dish big enough to fit 4 apples.

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2.  Mix flour, oats, salt, and spices in a medium sized bowl.

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3.  Chop the almonds, and add to the dry mixture.

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4.  Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.  Probably best to use your hands to incorporate the butter.  Usually this would be the last step when making a crumble, but I wanted to add the sugar last so that it would caramelize better.

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5. Add the sugar, honey, and vanilla.  Mix well.

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6.  Add the mixture evenly to the apples.  I packed as much of it as I could into my apples, but I still had some left over.

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7.  Bake for 30-40 minutes.  45 minutes is too long.  If you overcook your apples, they will split and spill out into your baking dish.  I topped mine with a sprinkle of brown sugar when they came out of the oven.

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8.  Let cool and serve warm.

That’s all there is to this easy and perfectly fall dessert!  The granny smith apples give the perfect tang to balance out the sweetness of the oat mixture.  And boy it smells like fall!  Until next time, stay happy and healthy!!

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Crystal

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Crystal is a native Montanan who loves to create. She has always been passionate about cooking, baking, and eating, and food has been a huge part of her family. She learned how to cook from her Grandmother (who learned to cook from her French Grandmother) and her Mother. Writing is her other passion, after her husband of course. She has a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She writes at: www.simplyplayfulfare.com and you can find her on facebook at: www.facebook.com/SimplyPlayfulFare
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13 thoughts on “Baked Apples

  1. What temperature should this be baked at? The blog never said.

    I also made this as gluten free and it’s awesome!!! I dig the little extra kick the cayenne gives. It’s just enough heat without overpowering the flavor of the apple and other spices. Delicious!

    • Oops, 350. Would love to know how you made it gluten free! Did you just cut out the flour? I’ve recently discovered coconut flour. That would be a great substitute. So would almond flour. :)

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