Aren’t stuffed baked apples the best? To me, there is nothing quite like the smell of baking apples in the oven. It really doesn’t make much difference what the apples are cooking in; it’s just such a warm homey kind of smell. They are so easy to make and have a comforting way of smoothing over a difficult day.
So without further ado, here is my recipe for my stuffed baked apples.
Stuffed Baked Apples
- 4 large Granny Smith apples
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 3 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate
- Dash of nutmeg
- Dash of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 350°F. Wash and core each apple.With a vegetable peeler, peel a thin strip around the middle of the apple (or prick holes all around the apples). Place the apples tightly in a casserole dish.
Stuff each apple with an equal amount of raisins and walnuts. Place ½ tablespoon of brown sugar on top of the raisins and walnuts, packing it into the cavity as much as possible. Place a ½ tablespoon of butter on top of the brown sugar over the hole. Spoon ½ tablespoon of the partially thawed apple juice concentrate over the butter.
Sprinkle nutmeg and cinnamon over the apples. Trickle the water around the base of the apples. Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and place it in the center of the oven. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes. Once done, uncover and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving
Notes: The baking time may vary depending on the size of the apples. It’s best if the apples fit snuggly, so make sure you don’t use a casserole dish that’s too large. If the apples burst while baking, not to worry they will still come ok.
If you desire and the casserole dish size allows, you may add more apples, increasing the ingredients proportionally.
You can use any type of dried berries or different nuts in place of the raisins or walnuts. It’s just a matter of taste.
A microwave or crockpot can also be used to make these baked apples. Just make sure to convert the cooking times accordingly.
I do love my stuffed baked apples. Sometimes I’ll serve them with vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream. However you serve them, they are sure to warm the hearts of anyone you present them to. Besides, apples are good for you. Enjoy.
Time to eat…