If you ask me the perfect fall food is apples. We received a bag of apples from our CSA share last week and while we've been eating them for lunch, there were still a lot left. I wasn't feeling well last weekend and was having trouble eating anything. I was a little chilly and I wanted something warm but mild to fill my belly.
Looking at the apples I thought baked apples would be good. They are warm, comforting, and pretty mild. I peeled and cored three of the apples and ended up placing 5 halves in the baking dish. While this recipe takes close to an hour, most of it is time with hands off so it's easy to do other things while they are baking.
The apples put off a delicious smell of butter, sugar, and spices. My mouth started watering before they were done. When I finally pulled them out of the oven they looked amazing. My poor, achy stomach was even growling at the sight of them.
Initially I thought I would eat one half and that would be it since I wasn't feeling good but the apple was so good. It was soft, sweet, and had just a little hint of spice to it. It actually agreed with my stomach and tasted so good I had a second half. These would be good with ice cream on them as well.
- 2 large firm apples, peeled, cored, and halved vertically
- 4 Tablespoons brown sugar, divided
- 3 Tablespoons butter, melted and divided
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
- 2 Tablespoons oats
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Starting at the outer edge, cut most of the way through each apple half at ⅛ inch intervals.
- Place apple halves, cut side down, in an 8 x 8 baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Combine 1 T. brown sugar, 1 T. butter, and ½ t. cinnamon. Brush the mixture over top of the apples.
- Cover the pan with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes.
- Combine the remaining brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon along with the oats, flour, and salt. Carefully open up the cuts in the apples and fill with the sugar and oat mixture.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light September 2015