- 4 large apples (such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans), optional
- 2 tablespoons raisins or dried cranberries, optional
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
- Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for serving (optional)
Preheat the Oven:
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
Prepare the Apples:
Wash and core the apples, leaving about a 1/2-inch layer of the bottom intact to create a well. You can use an apple corer or a small knife for this.
Mix the Filling:
In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, chopped nuts, and raisins or dried cranberries if using. Mix well to combine.
Fill the Apples:
Place the cored apples in a baking dish. Stuff each apple with the brown sugar mixture, pressing it down to make sure it’s compact. If there’s any remaining filling, sprinkle it over the top of the apples.
Dot with Butter:
Place small pieces of butter on top of each stuffed apple. This will add richness and flavor.
Pour the apple cider or apple juice into the bottom of the baking dish. This will help keep the apples moist while baking.
Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes, or until the apples are tender. You can uncover the apples during the last 10 minutes of baking to allow them to brown slightly.
Remove the baked apples from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving. You can drizzle the juices from the baking dish over the apples. Serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream if desired.
Enjoy your delicious and comforting baked apples!