The Shady Porch: Apple-Crisp Baked Apples


Apple-Crisp Baked Apples

Apples and Autumn go hand-in-hand like watermelon and summer! We are blessed with an apple tree that regularly produces bountifully, and we have enjoyed the harvest this year: fresh off the tree, fried and served with homemade biscuits for breakfast, Slow Cooker Apple Crisp, Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake, and sliced with Creamy Peanut Butter Dip
Today, I will share an easy recipe that is both sweet and good for you...Apple Crisp Baked Apples. Cored, then loaded with a brown sugar, oat, and pecan stuffing - the same combination I used on my Apple Crisp - these sweet treats are really good.

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Apple Crisp Baked Apples

3 - 4 red apples - (we are not sure what variety is produced by our tree, which are in this particular version!)
4 T. butter, optional
1/3 cup firmly packed Splenda brown sugar (or reg. brown sugar)
1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/3 cup oats
1/4 t. cinnamon, optional
1/4 t. nutmeg, optional 
2 cups apple cider, optional (otherwise, use water)

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Apples washed and cored...ready for stuffing
  • Wash and core the apples, leaving a bottom so the oat stuffing and juices don't run out. Cut off the top to flatten, then hollow out the core to remove the seeds and to create a cavity for the oat stuffing.
  • In a small bowl, mix the oats, brown sugar and pecans. If you want to spice it up, add the cinnamon and nutmeg now.   
  • Fill the apples with the oat stuffing; it will cook down, so pack it in as much as you can.
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    Crisp Mix
  • Place the apples in an 8x8 baking dish and pour the apple cider or water in the pan around the apples. Place a pat of butter on each apple top and lightly press into the oat mix. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30-45 minutes. *Bake time is subject to the size of the apples and the nuances of your oven. 
  • Apples should be easily pierced with a fork or knife
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    Baked Apples in water and juices after baking
    when done (as you can see from my pictures, one of the apples split open...a good sign it is done) 
  • Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. 
  • For some added goodness, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, caramel topping, or whipped topping.

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