Are you enjoying the cooler temperatures? Maybe have to put on a sweater when you go out in the mornings? Are the leaves turning those glorious golds, yellow, and reds? Have you been dreaming about cooking with more cinnamon and ginger? Maybe whipping of a pot of soup after racking up all those leaves? Or do you live in Arizona where we pretend it’s fall just because the temperature have dropped below 95 and we can finally leave our house without melting into the ground. Either way you celebrate fall these baked apples are sure to be a hit.
With a crunchy topping leaden with cinnamon and butter these apples are baked to just soft and topped with ice cream that melts into a delicious pool of goodness in the bottom of the bowl. A perfect way to bring in fall even if the A/C running at full blast. these apple made were gobbled up by my kids who keep wonder why stores have sweaters for sale in September. You could even add nuts to the topping if you wanted but as this sends my children into a moaning fit of despair I do not. Unless I am feeling the need to remind them who really is in control, then I will pile them on just to watch them scratch their heads and wonder how the powers that by has shifted against them.
This is even one of those recipes that kids can make as the apples are cut in half rather than cored in the middle. Please note that if you have younger children, or are extremely paranoid about your children’s life skills like me, you will need to help them handle a knife to cut and scoop out the middle of the apple.
4 firm baking apples such as granny smith, honeycrisp, or fuji. Cut in half and the core removed.
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup old Fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt.
(1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts can be added to give the topping even more crunch.)
- Heat oven to 375. Spray cooking pan lightly with cooking spray.
- Wash apples and cut in half length wise. using a paring knife remove core and place apples into prepared pan.
- Place butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt into a large mixing bowl and mix until combined.
- Divide topping between the apples, pressing down slightly to help the topping stay in place. Add 1/2 cup water to the pan and cover with foil.
- Bake for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until apples are just soft but not mushy.
- Scoop apples into dish and serve with ice cream if desired.