Nothing screams fall like going to your local apple orchard and picking your own apples to turn them into scrumptious treats. The landlord of my flat has his own orchard a couple kilometers outside of Burgos and he was so kind to bring my flatmate and I a crate of them! Since it’s autumn I thought this was perfect and I started to think up recipes to whip up. My personal favorite is apple crisp but for some reason that’s one thing that my grandma does so well I can’t replicate. Oh well, baked apples are easy enough right?
I like making up my own recipes the only problem is that when I come up with something spectacular I can’t seem to recreate it in the same way. This time I made sure I wrote a recipe down.
Baked apples are a staple dessert or breakfast in Minnesota. After all, it’s the Land of 10,000 lakes….and apple recipes?
This is my very first time making this recipe but going through it I realized that it is SO versatile. You could add chopped fruit, nuts, flax seed, whatever your free-spirited heart desires.
Here it goes,
6 medium sized apples washed
4 TBS butter
(if I had coconut oil I would’ve used that because it adds a special flavor to the apples but butter works just fine).
2 TBS maple syrup
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
Pinch of brown sugar to decorate the top
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C or 340 degrees F. Using a paring knife cut a circle around the stem until it pops out. Then using a small spoon scoop out the seeds and core.
Melt butter or coconut oil and mix in the spices and syrup. Place apples in a lined baking dish and spoon equal amounts of the mixture into and on top of the apples until the mixture is gone. Sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar around the top of the apples for a little extra golden crunch.
Then, once the oven is completely preheated place the coated apples inside and set your timer for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off wait about 5-10 minutes and voila your apples are done! Eating them with cinnamon ice cream is probably the best thing since sliced bread but by themselves is still pretty amazing.
Is there a autumn/winter fruit or vegetable that you like making a special recipe with? Let me know in the comments below!