As I write this, it feels like fall has arrived. The wind has ushered in some blustery clouds, the treetops are swaying, and the air smells like rain. It’s refreshing actually, and not at all disheartening since the weather forecast promises more sunshine this week.
I’m finally feeling ready for fall. I think I was ready the moment I experienced the burst of autumn flavors contained in these baked apples.
I’d actually never had baked apples before this, but I can now say I absolutely love them! Especially when they are stuffed and topped with ingredients that come together to form one big buttery, nutty, creamy mass.
When selecting your apples, be sure and choose ones that are marked as good for cooking. I used Fuji.
Don’t be afraid to be generous with the filling – next time I will add even more than what you see in the photo above.
My favorite part of this dessert was the syrupy, fragrant filling after the apples were baked – a result of the brown sugar marrying with the juice from the apples.
My second favorite part was the ice cream flavor I chose – caramel butter pecan. It fit so well with the other ingredients.
My third favorite part of this recipe was its simplicity. I will definitely be making these again in the near future – I hope you can give them a try too!
Baked Apples a la Mode
Makes 4 apples
4 Fuji apples (or any apple that’s good for baking)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup instant oatmeal mix or rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Approx 1 pint ice cream, flavor of your choice (vanilla, dulce de leche, caramel swirl, etc. I used caramel butter pecan ice cream by Tillamook which was PERFECT)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Core apples. Scoop out a little extra if you want the apples to resemble a bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
Mix together the next 6 ingredients. Stuff apples until they are overflowing. Place in a baking-safe dish and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until apples are tender.
Place apples on a plate or in a bowl. Top with ice cream, whipped cream and caramel sauce. Enjoy!