Baked Apples

Baked Apples

Another wonderful thing about fall are apples! If you take a drive out through the country you’ll come across numerous orchards that have tons of fresh, crisp, fabulous apples! Beautiful leaves and tons of apples. What could be better than that?

There are many things you can do with apples, but one of my favorite ways to use apples, though I rarely make them, are baked apples! With a few simple ingredients you’ve got a fabulous autumn treat that can’t be beat. It’s also versatile because you can use it as a side dish or dessert. Who doesn’t like multipurpose dishes?

What You’ll Need Per Person:
1 apple, cored
A small chunk of bread
1 tablespoon of butter, cut into six pieces
1 tablespoon of natural brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Core apple:

Baked Apples: Cored Apple

Chop butter into bite sized pieces:

Baked Apples: Butter

Next stuff the chunk of bread in the bottom of the apple to stop up the hole and then press the butter down into the apple and “pack” it in:

Baked Apples: Bread and Butter

Top butter with brown sugar:

Baked Apples: Brown Sugar

All of the sugar might not fit in the hole, but that’s ok. Just get as much of it into the hole as possible and the rest of it can just top the apple and even fall down into the dish.

Sprinkle with cinnamon:

Baked Apples: Cinnamon

I like a lot of cinnamon, but you can use as little cinnamon, or as much as you like.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until apple is tender and slightly browned. Remove from oven and let sit five minutes and then serve.

Notes: If you wanted to make this a dessert you could top it with whipped cream, but I like it as a side dish to pork. The bread is there to keep most of the butter and sugar inside the apple as it bakes.

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