Delicious, warm, apples baked with maple and cinnamon. These apples will make your home smell AMAZING!
A couple of weeks ago, we went apple picking. It was nothing short of one million degrees outside. I tried to put on my best, if not sweaty, face and settle in for some fun.
But have you ever realized how INSANE apple picking is? We each paid a fee to enter the orchards and harvest someone else’s crops, all the while sliding in mud and being attacked by bees. We carted our apple bags back down the hill to then pay $35 for 15 pounds of apples.
When we arrived home, it took two enormous bowls to hold all of the apples, for which I had so many grand plans. Apple pies! Apple bread that I could distribute to neighbors, co-workers and our building concierge! I envisioned them wrapped in brown paper and tied with bakers twine.
Do you know how many loaves of apple bread I made? Or the number of apple pies?
Zero. I made zero.
Why? Because I have two kids and a job and a blog and an extra insta account for good measure. And the though of peeling and chopping 100 apples sort of lost its luster once we arrived home.
Shaun and Penelope have been eating apples like it’s their job to keep them from going bad. It’s been a valiant effort.
Instead, I made baked apples, inspired by The Minimalist Baker. Yes there’s still peeling and slicing involved, but it basically ends there. No dough to roll out or bread to mix up. Just apple slices tossed with some yummy things and baked. In under an hour, I had the most amazing, soft, sweet (but not too sweet!) apples. I topped my overnight oats with them! I ate them right out of the glass baking dish! I enjoyed them for dessert topped with some whipped cream. Basically any way you slice it, these are awesome.
Maple Cinnamon Baked Apples
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
- 4-6 baking apples
- 1/4 C maple syrup
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- juice of 1/2 lemon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9x13" baking dish.
Peel and slice the apples and place evenly in baking dish.
Top with maple syrup, spices, lemon juice and cornstarch.
Toss gently with a big spoon or silicon spatula.
Cover lightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes or until apples are fork tender.