An apple a day keeps the doctor away, we grew up listening to this phrase. But ever thought of eating baked apples?
Baked apples are sliced, chopped, or whole apples that are made moist and juicy by baking at a certain degree. It is the best treatment for your sweet tooth. These baked apples are made with the fillings of cinnamon crumble, and cardamom along with cranberries and nuts which makes every bite of it admires it more.
Best combination when served with ricotta cheese mixture, considered healthy and delicious savory which can keep you energetic throughout the day. Coconut sugar can also be preferred while making this to make it naturally sweetened and super satisfying.
It is one of the most popular breakfasts among Britishers and can be the best go-to snack for movies too. And if you’re vegan, then this will surely be a hit for you.
The best thing about it is how easy they are to make; with little effort and lots of love. They are served with salted caramel and vanilla ice cream but ricotta cheese balls would also make a good pair with them.
- 4-6 Apples
- 4 tbsp Butter
- 1/2 cup Brown sugar
- 2 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 Chopped nuts (your choice)
- 1/4 Dried cranberries
- 1/2 tbsp Cardamom
- 1 cup Ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup Powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Cut the apple at the top. So as to obtain a lid. Clean from seeds. Using a spoon, carve a little to make room for the filling.
- In a medium bowl mix the sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, cranberries, and nuts. Stir well. Stuff each apple with a sugar mixture. Melt the butter and spread the apples well on top.
- Place the apples into the baking pan. Then pour water about ½ of the baking pan.
- Bake the apples 40-50minutes or until the apples are tender.
- In a small bowl mix the ricotta cheese with powdered sugar until combine. You can use a food processor for this step.
- Serve warm with a ball of ricotta cheese mixture and sprinkle with cinnamon.
TIPS AND TRICKS
Serve fresh baked apples
Don’t bake apples ahead of time, always try to serve fresh baked apples. Otherwise, they will become extra soft and mushy.
Refrigerate the prepared filling
You can prepare the ingredients in advance and keep them in the refrigerator for 3 days. Whenever you want to bake the apples, just core them out, fill them and bake them.
Don’t refrigerate the Baked Apples
Don’t refrigerate the baked apples because they will become extra mushy after thawing.
Use oats to add a healthy crunch
You can use oats to add a healthy and crunchy texture to the filling. Oats will make your filling extra-healthy and delicious.
Fill the apple according to the size
The quantity of filling depends upon the size of the apple. The bigger the apple is more the filling and vice versa.
Try something new with Apple Cider Vinegar
Instead of pouring water into the baking pan, you can also use apple cider vinegar to try something new.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are baked apples are as healthy as raw?
Yes, baked apples are also healthy as raw apples. Combined with other healthy ingredients like cranberries, cinnamon, nuts make these baked apples even more healthier and delicious.
How to choose the best apples for baking?
Apples used for baking need to be stiff and perfectly round. The most recommended apples for baking are Pink, Honey crisp, Pink Lady. Choose those apples that stand up into the straight position, otherwise, they will topple down in the oven.
Are Baked Apples mushy?
Baked apples are slightly soft but not mushy. You can completely control its softness by setting baking time accordingly. If you want slightly soft apples so that you can eat them soft then bake for about 40-45 minutes, but if you want them extra soft then bake for extra 5-7 minutes.
How to core the Apples in the right manner?
Coring the apples is the trickiest step while baking the apples, but if you perform it with little patience and concentration, it will be done. If you don’t have an apple corer, you may use a sharp knife or a spoon. Once you are done with the coring step, you can use a spoon to dig deeper to remove all the seeds.
Is there any alternative to regular granulated sugar?
You can use brown sugar to retain moisture or coconut sugar if you want. Don’t use any liquid sugar for adding sweetness.
How to serve Baked Apples?
Remove the baking pan from the oven and wait for 5 minutes before serving. For adding extra juiciness to the apples, pour 1-2 tablespoons of the hot liquid from the pan over each apple. Serve these baked apples with any of your favorite combinations like a ball of ricotta cheese, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or salted caramel.