October 21st is Apple Day, and this Baked Apple recipe is just what the doctor ordered…
Eating apples at their peak, when the air cools & sugars are developed, is prime time.
To keep apples at their best, they should be stored refrigerated, and in plastic bags or in a cold, dry place (33 – 40 degrees F). Ideally, wrap each apple separately with paper towels. Air circulation should be good too. When they have been stored too long, they lose flavor, moisture & become mealy.
If storing apples in quantity, the long-keeping, firm varieties are recommended, such as red delicious, Northern spies, Cortlands, and golden delicious, to name a few. These are also good for cooking, except for red delicious.
How to Bake Apples:
My recipe for baked apples serves 8.
Type: Dessert Recipe
Serve with: butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, marshmallows
Prep Time: 12 min
Cook Time: 40 – 50 min
Yields: 8 servings
- 8 large cooking apples – firm
- brown sugar – packed into apple hollows + sprinkled on top
- 8 dots of butter
- ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup apple juice – apple cider or water is acceptable too
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wash, core & place apples in a deep baking dish, buttering the apple skins all over.
- Fill the hollows with packed brown sugar.
- Sparsely sprinkle with ground cinnamon & place a dot of butter on top of the brown sugar in the hollows.
- Pour apple juice into the pan.
- Lightly sprinkle apples with brown sugar.
- With foil, cover the top of the pan, and crimp the edges to hold in the moisture.
- Bake until the apples are nearly tender when pierced with a fork, but aren’t mushy – about 20 – 25 min.
- Uncover, basting apples with pan liquid a few times during the next 15 – 20 min or longer, until the apples are soft, but still hold their shape.
- Push one marshmallow onto the top of each hollow.
- Return to the oven only until the marshmallows soften, but don’t melt. * Tip: If you should err & melt the marshmallows, just put another on top, and allow it to soften, as you keep an eye on them.
- Remove the apples to another deep dish.
- Reduce the pan juices by cooking them down. Add 1 tbsp butter, and ladle juices over the apples.
- Serve these apples hot or cold, with ice cream or whipped cream.
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