There are few things as delicious on a crisp autumn day as a warm, sweet baked apple! This easy-to-make comfort food is perfect for the season.
[recipe title=”Baked Apples” servings=”4″ time=”15 minutes active; 40 minutes inactive” difficulty=”Moderate”]
- 4 large apples
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) brown sugar, agave nectar, or pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup (27 g) chopped pecans (optional)
- 1/4 cup (28 g) currants or chopped raisins
- 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 2 Tbsp. (28 g) butter
- 3/4 cup (180 ml) boiling water
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) while you wash and core apples. Cut out the core of each apple, leaving the bottom 1/2″ (1.25 cm) intact so the hole does not go all the way through.
- Mix sweetener, chopped pecans, currants or chopped raisins, and cinnamon essential oil in a small bowl.
- Place apples in a baking dish, and fill each one with the sweet stuffing mixture.
- Put a pat of butter on top of each apple over the hole.
- Pour the boiling water into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, until the apples are cooked to tender but not mushy.
- Remove the apples from the oven, and baste them with the juices from the pan. These are delicious topped with vanilla ice cream or homemade Cinnamon Whipped Cream (recipe below)!
This Cinnamon Whipped Cream really takes this baked apple dish to the next level! Go ahead and give it a try!
[recipe title=”Cinnamon Whipped Cream” servings=”4–6″ time=”5 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]
- 1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) agave nectar
- 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) homemade vanilla extract
- 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
In a mixer, whip all ingredients together until fluffy.
Note: if you aren’t a huge fan of cinnamon, you can start small by dipping a toothpick in the oil and stirring it into the cream. Taste the cream, then add another toothpick dipped in oil if you think it needs it.