Daily Recipe: Baked Apples with Walnuts, Honey and Cinnamon
It’s time for a dessert. Having gone a week of daily recipes without offering up a dessert seems down right silly.
To make up for it, we bring you a recipe that has Fall written all over it. There’s something about pair
ing apples with cinnamon that turns any dish into a perfect celebration of the season. The fantastic thing about this recipe is that it only has a few in.gredients, is easy to make, and it seems kind of fancy.
So, to make the dessert debut, we give you baked apples stuffed with toasted walnuts, honey and cinnamon.
Adapted from The Greedy Gourmet
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 tbsp honey ($3.50 a pound, $.44 for 4 tbsp)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar (optional) ($2.25 a lbs, $.14 for 2 tbsp)
- 4 oz walnuts, roughly chopped ($2.75 for 4 oz)
- 4 Top of Texas apples ($1.90 a pound)
- lemon juice ($2.00 a pound, approximately $1.00 for 1 lemon)
approximate in.gredients total: $6.23
approximate cost per person for a family of four: $1.55
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix the chopped nuts with the cinnamon and honey in a bowl. If you are feeling the need for an extra sweet kick, add in the brown sugar.
Next, you will want to core the apples-scooping out the insides so you have enough room to stuff in the nut mixture. You will also want to score (make shallow cuts) the apples around the middle. Place the apples in a baking dish.
This is where it gets fancy, messy and a can be a little bit frustrating. You will want to fill the apples with the nut mixture, which works best if you spoon a little in the apple and carefully use your fingers to pack the apple full.
Our local, Top of Texas apples are pretty adorable and tiny, so the stuffing might be challenging. If you get to a point where you feel like throwing the whole dish out the window, take a step back and make a few tweaks. You can easily cut the apples up, toss with the nut mixture and bake it into a crumble. Both ways are going to taste delicious, so do whatever is the easiest for you.
You will then bake the apples 30-40 minutes until the apple is golden and soft. If the apple starts to brown before it is ready, you can cover it with foil.
This dish is delicious served with greek yogurt (a healthier option than ice cream.)
A few notes on the recipe. Small apples will need a shorter cooking time, so make sure to keep your eye on them when they are baking. And if you have extra nut mixture, place it in a separate baking dish, cover it with foil, and pop it in the oven with the apples. That way you can serve the apples with the extra stuffing and nothing goes to waste.