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Monday, October 25, 2010

Best Baked Apples

Ahhh!  If you could have only smelled these apples as they were baking!  The aroma filled the house with the ultimate cinnamon potpourri!

I love it when apples can be turned into a sweet treat other than the usual pies and cakes.  For these mouthwatering apples, just core the apples; add some cinnamon, chopped nuts and dried fruit that have been soaked in rum, and bake for an incredible treat.

The rum gives a wallop to the apple but, if you prefer, apple juice can be substituted.  This time I made both Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples.  They each hold their shape and bake extremely well so they are perfect for this recipe.

 This is a great autumn dish that could be calling for a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.  Or, eat one the way I like best ~ by itself!  How can you resist?

Best Baked Apples


6 Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apples
¼ c. raisins
¼ cup dried apricots, chopped
2 tablespoons dried cherries, chopped
Dark rum, to cover
½ c. chopped pecans
1 tablespoon Saigon cinnamon
½ c. brown sugar (I use Splenda)


Soak raisins, apricots and cherries in enough rum to cover.
While the fruit is soaking, core the apples to 1/2” of the bottom of the apple.  Use a small spoon to dig out the seeds.  Make the holes on the top of the apple 1” wide.
Place apples in a baking dish.
Mix nuts, cinnamon and brown sugar.
Combine nuts and drained fruit.
Stuff the nut and fruit mixture into the apples.
Dot top of each apple with ¼ teaspoon butter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes until they are fork tender.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

ENJOY!  They are a delicious treat!

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The Sugar Queen said...

Sounds delicious, Pam! I love the smell of baking apples!

Jenn said...

The smell of baking apples will forever remind me of my grandmother! Thank you!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I can smell them fom here Mmmmmmmm. Is that a cinnamon stick sticking out of each one? Diane

kitchen flavours said...

The smell of baking apples with cinnamon is indeed heavenly! This is a fabulous way to make an apple treat! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

Pam said...

The Sugar Queen, it has your fave ingredient! Thanks!

Jenn, food and memories, great!

Diane, it is. I forgot to mention that! Thanks for being so astute!

kitchen flavours, glad you like it and thanks for the visit!

Mandy said...

Looks yummy :) Ive never had baked apples cant wait to try them

bellini valli said...

I made my version of baked apples for tThanksgiving and I agree tey are a very special treat. So wasy to make but your guests will be impressed.

La Titti said...

I really loooove baked apples and yours look beautiful!
Have a nice week!

Fallon said...

Never had baked apples with rum. I love this!!

Fuat Gencal said...

Hayırlı günler, ellerinize sağlık çok leziz ve iştah açıcı bir görüntüsü var.
Bugün bloglardan seçmelerde kutsal sofranın yumurtalı makarna tarifi yayınlandı.


Clements Family said...

Wow those do look like the best apples:) How delish!

jose manuel said...

Muy apetecible esto para comer.


Torviewtoronto said...

lovely spices

Suldog said...

No, no, rum will do just fine. No need to substitute.

BusyB said...

What a great smell to have in the house..... YUMMMMMM love this season for all these tasty treats!

Cheri Wollenberg said...

Yummy. Autumn is really here when apples are harvested and great recipies are passed around.

scrambledhenfruit said...

I'm with you...I'd love these all by themselves. :)

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears said...

apples + cinnamon??? Wooh...that's heavenly when baked!!

Joanne said...

The smell of apples baking is really one that just can't be beat. what a delicious dessert!

Kristin said...

I love the smell of baked apples. Yours sound amazing.

Katerina said...

With the cinnamon and raisins I am sure they smelled and tasted heavenly.

Tiffanee said...

OOOOh YUM!! I have never seen these before and now I am so intrigued! I can just imagine the wonderful smell. Can't wait to try this beauty out!!!

M @ Betty Crapper said...

One of the best things about home baking, other than eating, is the wonderful smell. This dish is so simple, yet seems so very rewarding on many levels.

Alessandra said...

Yes, these are definitely the best baked apples I ever seen!


Rita said...

What a great fall dessert; haven't made baked apples in ages;love the cinnamon stick. I also always add raisins; great photo!

Pam said...

Mandy, if you like apples you have to try it. They're great!

bellini valli, perfect for a Thanksgiving treat!

La Titti, thank you! You have a perfect week!

Fallon, they're good, just a little rum flavor.

Fuat Gencal, I hope you like the apples! ;)

Clements Family, thanks! Love all that cinnamon flavor in them.

jose manuel, si! Son muy apetecible y las manzanas muy buena!

Torviewtoronto, thank you!

Suldog, you got my vote! Thanks!

BusyB, it was. It reminds me of all the great aromas at Christmas.

Cheri Wollenberg, absolutely! Love this time of year for that reason.

scrambledhenfruit, yes, they're great all alone.

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears, you said it! Thanks for the visit!

Joanne, thanks. Have a great evening!

Kristin, thank you. Yum!!!

Katerina, yes. I love raisins with apples.

Tiffanee, hope you try it and don't forget the cinnamon sticks for garnish. Let me know if you do!

M @ Betty Crapper, thank you! It's a great way to enjoy apples without making a pie, etc.

Alessandra, thanks! Have a great evening!

Rita, thanks so much. Hope you make them for a good treat!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Hi Pam,

I've made these goodies a few times this fall! I'm going to try your recipe this week. Funny, I was wondering how honey crisps would be, and I just happen to have some in the fridge!

Pegasuslegend said...

awesome~ apples this time of year are fabulous and these are the best wow nice job!

Linda said...

My family loves baked apples. This is a must try for me! I usually use brown sugar, oatmeal, and raisins. Time to get out of that rut with your recipe!

~Lisa~ said...

What a delicious apple treat! Fantastic idea. I can almost smell them, almost like apple pie! I must try these!

Cathy said...

I haven't made baked apples in ages, and you've reminded me how delicious they are, so perfect for this time of year.

Zoe said...

Baked apples are very comforting for cool weather. love the smell of apple and cinnamon...yum!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I just use up all apples to make juices, if I have see this, I will make it straight away, sound so good.

Pam said...

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes, honeycrisp apples are great for this; they hold their shape well and bake fine.

Pegasuslegend, thanks so much and have a good day!

Linda, I've never had them with oatmeal and will have to try them that way. Sounds good to me!

Lisa, you got it! Almost like apple pie!

Cathy, it's the perfect time of year to give it a go! Thanks for stopping by!

Zoe, you are right. A great treat for fall. Thanks!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover), I bet your apple juice is filled with flavor. I've never tried that. Have a good day!

Dimah said...

Nice recipe , it looks scrumptious!

Zia Elle said...

Love!! I put some dark choco too, superbe!!

laurie said...

Mmmmm.I can smell them now!

Betty Ray said...

Mmm, love baked apples. And they do get the whole house smelling delicious. I will definitely try your recipe here.

Raina said...

Oh! These must be delicious. I have seen baked apples but never tasted them. What a wonderful treat. I will definitely have to give these a try. Your kitchen must have smelled so good:)

Monet said...

I have made baked apples many times, but I love the addition of the apricots and the rum! What a wonderful idea. These would be perfect with a big scoop of cinnamon ice cream! Thank you for sharing!

Holly said...

Mmmmyummy! Very Fall like:)

Alison @ Hospitality Haven said...

Oh how I love baked apples!! It's such a fun fall dessert.

food for thought said...

it been a long time since i made these, my mothers favorite, its like starring at my childhood again...

just wish i weighed the same!