Baked Apples

Baked apples are so very good and can be served along with baked ham or roasted turkey as part of the meal. They may also be served as a[ dessert with caramel sauce.]

Total Time:
1 hr 21 min
Prep:
6 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 same-size Granny Smith apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 teaspoon-size pieces
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 6 sprigs fresh mint
Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.

Core apples, making sure not to puncture the bottom of the apples so that the juices will remain. Remove skin from 1/2-inch around top of apples at the opening. Fill each cavity with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Top each apple with a teaspoon of butter. Place apples in casserole dish and pour apple juice around them. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from heat, garnish with fresh mint, and serve.


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This recipe was not good. After an hour they were still not cooked and the nutmeg ruined the cinnamon flavor. Also the apple juice was a waste. It did not add any flavor nor make a nice syrup. I will revert to my favorite foolproof method of pan frying apple slices in butter and sugar with a bit of cinnamon. Now those are perfect and done in less than 10 minutes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's like having apple pie without the carbs! I add ice cream to have it ala mode and it is just scrumptious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The apples do not need to bake this long. To be safe I baked them 45 minutes and it was still way to long they fell apart. I will try again baking them for 30 minutes. Just make sure to keep an eye on them while cooking! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved these and very simple to make. I only baked for 40 minutes and then let them sit for 15 minutes with the foil still on the pan. Next time I will use half the sugar and they will still be delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted Splenda for the sugar, used sugar free apple juice and Best Life buttery spread and made this a heart healthy and diabetic compliant recipe. It was SOOO good. It cut out over 100 calories too. Cut the baking time to about 40 minutes. YUMMY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my 1st attempt @I baked apples. It was great! My kids all loved it (11-2yrs. Very Simple & Easy. An hour seemed to be a bit long for cooking time tho. Next time I'kk bake only for 40 minutes. A great & easy way for apples for the kids. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! Super Easy and everyone loved it. I Will definitely make again soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, This is a excellent recipe. I have never baked apples before!but my mom use to I tried these for my family (1/12/2012. I served them with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream and carmel they finger licking the bowls clean.I add extra cinnamon and a bit allspice and chop almonds over the top..Paula i love you and i watch you every day on food network item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an enjoyable, tasty dish. My husband and I both loved it. I substitued brown sugar for granulated sugar, but then added a 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Just the right amount of sweetness to the spicy cinnamon/nutmeg flavors. I forgot the ice cream, whipped cream or caramel sauce, but it was just as good without all that. I used a paring knife to core the apples and found it to be a challenge not to pierce a hole in the bottom of the apple. I only poked one out of six, so that was good! I baked my apples for 45 min. but could easily have gone the full hour. They were soft, but not applesauce. I live at a higher altitude so that may be why my apples can cook longer. Anyway, I recommend this recipe. It felt good to make a delicious somewhat healthy dessert. I will be making it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious! My 2 daughters just loved these baked apples. I used part brown and white sugar, and had some apple cider on hand, so used that instead of apple juice. Cooked for 1 hour and they were just perfect....used Cortlands. Ooops...forgot to cover with aluminum foil; really wasn't necessary, I guess. Served with whipped cream. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe! However there is an obvious error in the cooking time. At the top of the recipe it specifies the cooking time is "15 Minutes." Yet in the body of the recipe it says to bake for "45 minutes to 1 hour." This is much too long. No wonder so many of the reviewers say they end up with applesauce. Once this recipe has been corrected, perfect bakes apples will be enjoyed by all and Paula's good name will be redeemed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, Thank you for this excellent recipe. I have never eaten or made baked apples before! I tried these for my family (10/15/09). I served them with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream and they licked the bowls clean. I used Fuji apples (on hand). My step daughter Haley, 12 yrs, was in Heaven. She said, that the baked apples smelled of the Holidays. Haley was also pleased that it was one of your receipes. We all love you. Thank you agian. I have also passed this recipe on to my boss. Have a Blessed Day. Wanda Hafer Texas Gal item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband doesn't enjoy pumpkin pie so, for our Thanksgiving (in Canada) I decided to make Paula's baked apples. They were OK...and just that..OK...not how I remember them as a child. I believe we used brown sugar and probably a little flour mixed in to make it a nice thick syrup. This recipe lacked any excitement for someone with tastebuds. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made apples similar to this in the past. I actually stuff the inside of the apples with a few raisins as well...they are yummy!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm 13 and made this recipe for my mom for her b-day, and it was GREAT! I added raisins, walnuts, extra cinnamon, vanilla ice cream, caramel topping and BAM! it was delish! I baked it for 45 minutes and loved it, but maybe a little longer. SO GOOD! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These apples were so tasty and very simple to make. I served them with pork chops and they were great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! item not reviewed by moderator and published
very ,very good.reminds me of grandma!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
these apples are the best i wanted to try them for thanksgiving dinner because i have never tried a apple dish before and it turned out to be one of the best dishes! its great.! item not reviewed by moderator and published
THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL. JUST LIKE MOM USE TO MAKE. EXCELLENT!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
wow! this recipe is really good thank you food network!!!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The apples truned out wonderfully item not reviewed by moderator and published
Um Um Good, made them right after the show was over, Thanks Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super with a few modifications to cut back on the sugar (at risk for diabetes). I use Johnagold or other type apples and the splenda brown sugar mix instead of white sugar. I also add in about 3 T of dried fruit (cherries, blueberries, cranberries, apricots, whatever) and about 3 T of pecans. Fill the cores of the apples with the fruit, nut, sugar spice mixture and dot with butter. I bake mine at 350 for a good hour or so. I also use the Tropicana light apple juice with 1/2 the sugar for the cooking liquid. Super yummy as dessert. My husband even takes them to work, they are great reheated. Invest in an apple corer...it's a must. item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUMMY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is delicious, simple and healthy..........loved it.......... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a huge hit with my family. Made for Memorial Day feast, so was quick and easy. We topped our apples off with Vanilla/Caramel ice cream and drizzled more caramel over the top. Was great addition to the warm apples. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you Paula - another great one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the apples for dessert and all I can say is Paula you did it again. I cut the receipe in half and started testing them for doneness in 40 minutes; they took about 1 hour to cook in the toaster oven. The BEST baked apple ever. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would recommend checking apples for doness after 30 minutes. Recipe was easy to prepare and I added some raisins to the filling. It made my house smell great...Thanks Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
very easy item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these apples as my contribution to Christmas dinner. They were almost gone and everyone said they loved them. They are easy to make and clean up is a sinch. One complaint...they are hard to core...or maybe I don't know the trick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Kudos to Paul for this wonderful recipe! The apples quite literally melt in your mouth. By baking them in the apple juice, the dish is thoroughly "apple" with an incredibly sweet flavor. Not only is this dish a wonderful side dish to any pork entree, but also it makes a fantastic dessert. This is definitely a recipe that will become a standard in everyone's kitchen! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really like this recipe, I did over cook mine a little and had more of a warm applesauce, but still very good...will try again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really enjoy Baked apples, esp 'stuffed' baked apples - for dessert, as a side to an entree, & for bkft. My fav fillings are: oat-nut-raisin filling & my 2nd fav is filling the apple with granola. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We all loved these! I used gala apples because that was what I had on hand and they were perfection! Just as delicious the next day cold. Mine did not fall apart. I think we all need to take into consideration the "personalities" of each of our ovens when trying out these recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dessert is fairly simple and tasty. However, I had some difficult in not completely coring the apples. Also, the result was a beautiful but very rich dessert. Best if halved and served with vanilla ice cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This made a great dessert with homemade mac and cheese. It is easy to make and cooks fast. I plan on serving with ice cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Where do I get the apple corer that Paula uses? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always try recipes with my daughters and they loved making these and eating them with icecream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I know baked apples are suppose to be tart but this recipe was too tart. The kids normally love them, not this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The apples were very good. Used splenda instead of sugar, I'm Diabetic, and they made a wonderful desert. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried these tonight to accompany my meal but I think I must have added too much nutmeg & cinnamon and not enough sugar. The spice mixture was too powerful. I love Paula's recipes and have never had one I didn't like nor have I given one of her recipes anything but a 5 star. I will try this recipe again & stick w/ her measurements!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did not think they were done at 38 mns so I left them in for another 7 mns. They were soild at 38mns and a huge pool of apple bits 7 mins later. No baked apples tonight but it made REALLY yummy hot applesauce. It would really good on smoked ham or turkey. I will make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these over the weekend with a couple of modifications. I used a mixture of brown sugar and splenda for the white sugar, and instead of apple juice I made a mixture of water and Sugar free english toffee syrup. Baked for one hour. Perfect. The house smelled wonderful on a cold rainy day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, Paula, I blew this one. Baked it too long and it fell apart - like applesauce. But everyone loved 'em anyway. Michael said "Oh good, baked apples." His other half, Gary, smiled and said I stopped making 'em cause I thought he didn't like them! The spicing was perfect Paula, dear. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful side dish or simply used as a dessert. I used granny smith apples medium size, they cook to perfection. My husband loved this, we reheated in microwave next day the left over apples. Still delicious. The aroma of them cooking is so inviting. Thanks again Paula... item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were so good. Instead of apple juice, which I didn't have, I used 1/2 cup maple syrup (microwaved) and 1/2 cup water as the steaming liquid. They turned out great. My mother-in-law asked for the recipe and made them later in the week and she called me when she pulled them out of the oven. She said she had applesauce. She misheard me and put them in at 425 degrees instead of 325. OOPS! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight and it was easy to do and really complimented the ham. My hubby thought at first the apples were dessert. I had to explain to him ,that it was to be eaten with the ham. Once he did it, he loved it! I did, too. Great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
that sounds awful... just awful.. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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