It’s so cold! And it’s only just the start of November. I am not ready for this weather! Maybe that’s why I’m not ready to accept the fact that winter has come early and am sharing this fall-time recipe as a result.
I’m not ready for sweater weather to turn into parka weather just yet. Come on, it feels like apple picking season was just last week. Snow in early November...the joys of Canadian weather!
Speaking of apple picking, if you happen to have some leftover apples and are wondering what to do with them, have I got a recipe for you: Baked Autumn Apples!
A tasty way to use up apples that didn't make their way into cider, a pie or applesauce.
Alternatively, these baked apples are also a perfect substitute for when you don’t want to go through the hassle of peeling and slicing apples for a crumble. They take a fraction of the time, which is awesome. Plus, baked apples make a great personalized snack!
In a few words, this baked apple recipe is comforting and screams autumn. Loaded with sweet brown sugar, nourishing oats, earthy walnuts and vibrant cranberries, there’s loads of goodness being packed into these apples.
Drawing on my childhood experiences from when the temperature started to dip and my Nonna would make baked apples, I decided to spruce up my grandma's warm softened apples with an extra hit of #simpledecadence!
Baking an apple already reduces any tardiness and enhances the natural sweetness of the fruit, but adding a crumble component brings an even tastier outcome to an already sweet snack!
Without a word of a lie, whipping this treat together is will take only about 10 minutes of prep work. The longest part is waiting for the apples to take their time softening in the oven! As brown sugar floats through you kitchen making your whole house smell like cider, you'll be working up quite the appetite! Once these babies are out of the oven, get ready to go crazy!
Wait are you waiting for? Put on some cozy socks and get baking!
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Autumn Baked Apples
* Makes 6 servings *
6 large apples
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup instant oats
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
¼ cup dried cranberries
Pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 400° F.
With a knife, carve out the apple core and remove seeds, creating a 1” diameter to fit the crumble. Make sure not to crave a hole all the way through the bottom of the apple!
In a small mixing bowl, mix together brown sugar, oats, walnuts, cranberries and salt.
Pack each apple with the crumble mixture. Sprinkle the tops with extra brown sugar.
Place apples in a shallow baking dish and bake for 45 minutes or until apples are tender.
Enjoy solo or with a side of ice cream!