Foodist Approved: Maple and Spice Baked Apples

by | Jan 28, 2015
baked apples

baked apples

I can’t decide what wins me over more, the aroma of apples baking or the first steaming bite of a bursting baked apple. When it comes to these Maple and Spice Baked Apples both are equally mesmerizing.

If you’re hunkered down due to the snow and rain slamming much of the country, here’s a heartwarming sweet treat guaranteed to turn this winter slog around. This dressed up version of classic, whole baked apples calls on browned butter, sweet spices and maple syrup.

Follow the recipe below or get creative and stuff your apples with whatever variation of nuts, dried fruit, chocolate or nut butters you have on hand.

Bonus: you have our full permission to eat the leftovers for breakfast—simply warm and serve with a spoonful of whole milk yogurt.

Maple and Spice Baked Apples

Serves 4


Ingredients
  • 4 medium green apples, cored
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unfiltered apple juice
Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Use a peeler to peel one strip around the circumference of the apples (this prevents the apples from bursting). Place the apples in an 8×8 inch baking dish.

In a small saucepan set over medium heat melt the butter. Stir continuously until brown bits start to form. Turn the heat to low and add the maple syrup, currants, walnuts, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Stir for about 1 minute then remove the pan from the heat.

Stuff each apple with as much of the butter-syrup mixture as you can fit. If any of the stuffing remains you can place it in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour the apple juice around the apples to keep them moist.

Place in the center of the oven. Bake until the apples are soft when pierced with a fork, about 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the apples.

Elyse Kopecky is a food writer, recipe developer, whole foods advocate, and marketing consultant. After 10 years working for Nike and EA Sports, Elyse decided to pursue her passion for talking about and writing about food. She went to NYC to study culinary nutrition at the Natural Gourmet Institute and has taken cooking classes throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. Follow Elyse’s adventures in the kitchen @ElyseKopecky.

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One Response to “Foodist Approved: Maple and Spice Baked Apples”

  1. Tracy K. says:

    We tried this recipe the other day (while snowed in!). Delicious! I especially loved how good it smelled. Such a perfect treat for a cold night. I will be making this again.

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