Baked Apples with Maple-Walnut Sauce




If you could only smell these...wow. It's apple pie without all the fuss. It's comfort food. It's home.

What an easy little recipe that gives so much flavor and taste. The cinnamon-laced juices are just incredible. Heaven on a plate.

Apples also made the top 20 in a USDA list of foods with the highest antioxidant scores. The richest concentration of antioxidants is found in the fruit's skin, how perfect since this recipe calls for unpeeled apples.

Halving the apples before baking them also saves cooking time and lets the fruit soak up all the amazing maple-ness and cinnamony goodness.

You are going to love these.




Preheat oven to 400o F.

Brush cut sides of apples with 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Arrange apples, cut sides up, in a baking dish. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl (you might need more than the recipe calls for depending on the size of your apples); sprinkle cut sides of apples with sugar mixture. Pour maple syrup in bottom of dish.

Cover with foil and bake 10 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes more (mine actually took 32 minutes, my apples were quite big) or until apples are tender. Transfer apples to a serving platter.




Pour pan juices into small saucepan and stir in remaining teaspoon 1 teaspoon lemon juice and salt; bring to a boil. Cook3 to 5minutes or until sauce is thickened, stirring constantly.




Spoon sauce over apples and serve warm.

Baked Apples with Maple-Walnut Sauce
Adapted from Vegetarian Times

4 large apples, such as Gala or Granny Smith, halved crosswise and cored
2 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
2 Tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts

Preheat oven to 400o F.

Brush cut sides of apples with 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Arrange apples, cut sides up, in a baking dish. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl (you might need more than the recipe calls for depending on the size of your apples); sprinkle cut sides of apples with sugar mixture. Pour maple syrup in bottom of dish.

Cover with foil and bake 10 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes more (mine actually took 32 minutes, my apples were quite big) or until apples are tender. Transfer apples to a serving platter.

Pour pan juices into small saucepan and stir in remaining teaspoon 1 teaspoon lemon juice and salt; bring to a boil. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until sauce is thickened, stirring constantly.

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39 Comments

  1. The baked apples sound fantastic with this maple-walnut sauce!

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  2. Lena in VT 2

    Oh my goodness those are beautiful.

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  3. Donna 3

    Ive missed reading your blog while Ive been on ‘hiatus’.

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  4. What do you do with all this food you cook?! You’re too skinny to be eating yourself!

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  5. Liz C. 5

    I’m going to file this one under New Mexico apple season. I love to drive over the state line and buy them by the bushel. 😉

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  6. Debbi 6

    My entire family drooled over this for quite awhile. It looks fantastic! Apple pie without the crust, awesome!

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  7. Fallon 7

    I love a good baked apple and this looks like a good baked apple!

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  8. Angie 8

    A question: Why the lemon juice? I know that it is commonly used to prevent apples from oxidizing and turning brown, but as these are going to be smothered and baked anyway, the brownness doesn’t matter.
    Not that it’s a big deal, but I wonder how much it would impact the taste.

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  9. grace 9

    undeniable fact: i’d funnel that sauce right down my gullet. amazing, cathy. amazing.

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  10. I believe you. I’m in love. In fact I’m so intrigued with these they make me wish it was fall which makes me feel sacrilegious (I don’t really wish it was fall – hello summer!) Thanks for another great one.

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  11. The simplicity of this dish really captured my attention. It would make a great dessert of a weeknight dinner party.

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  12. June 12

    Imagine this with homemade cinnamon ice cream? On the other hand it looks like it needs nothing else – YUM.

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  13. Dirk in Maine 13

    Oh these look amazing, going to make them tonight for a small gathering served with vanilla ice cream.

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  14. Paula 14

    Oh my, those are lovely! And, since they are gluten free, they make a great dessert in lieu of pie! Quick question: When did you add the nuts? To the maple sauce? Or did you just sprinkle them on and pour the sauce over everything? Totally yummy!

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  15. Julie 15

    That sauce looks just scrumptious!

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  16. I love the way the apples look with cinnamon on top, before they were baked. I bet they smelled incredible!

    Jenn

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  17. Noble Pig 17

    Paula-

    I sprinkled the nuts on top after baking and then poured the sauce over them.

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  18. dawn 18

    Made these last night…OMG incredible…just like apple pie and no fuss like you said!

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  19. HoneyB 19

    Yum! A nice low-fat dessert….and I love maple syrup (have 2 new gallon’s!). Will have to make this one!

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  20. Dominic 20

    I love the combination of maple syrup with walnuts. Yum.

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  21. Oh wow, so simple yet sounds soooo good – apple desserts are my absolute favourite. This is getting bookmarked for when my mother’s apples are ripe – they make the best baked apples ever!

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  22. Your baked apples look delicious. I am saving this recipe for my classes next year. It would be great for teens that tend to leave out fruits.

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  23. Marjie 23

    I usually quarter my apples and take out the core, and follow pretty much the same recipe as you, although sometimes I brush the apple slices with melted butter first. They are heavenly!

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  24. The sauce and crunchy walnuts look amazing on top. I bet a scoop of vanilla ice cream would be pretty fantastic with one of these!

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  25. You hit it on the head when you said apple pie without the fuss. I was thinking this is perfect for when you want some apple pie and don’t feel like making the effort.

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  26. Pam 26

    They look amazing! Actually, so do your fried pickles down below. YUM.

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  27. This recipe must be from your healthy-eating category. 😉

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  28. What a great way to enjoy apples! Love the sauce!

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  29. Kayola 29

    Making these tonight………..they look de-lish and I swear I can totally smell the aroma….my imagination is good…..and I imagine they are pretty dang tasty!!!!!

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  30. Helen 30

    With Winter fast approaching here this one is certainly going into the recipe book.
    Love your recipes your family is so lucky to have such a good cook on hand to spoil them all the time.
    Cheers
    Helen

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  31. I love how ooey gooey and delicious these are! I’d love it with a nice scoop of vanilla bean ice cream too!

    Now, if I could just get my son to eat his antioxidant rich apple skin we’d be good as gold! 😉

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  32. BEAUTIFUL stuff! I StumbledUp on your site, I’ll be back.

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  33. Wow – I need a sample of one now! These look delicious. You can make them a bit “naughty” too (like the above comment) and serve w/ cinnamon ice cream or just whipped cream. Yum-my. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Yum! This would be perfect PERFECT on a chilly fall afternoon! Oh my gosh, I can just imagine how wonderful it smells!

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  35. Angela 35

    This recipe is a MUST! Just made it last night & it was delicious!

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  36. I love baked apples and pears in many incarnations, never thought to do them thusly. Thanks for sharing, definitely giving this a shot ASAP.

    Love the blog, can’t wait to try the wine!

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  37. Beth 37

    I tried this recipe on Sunday and it was divine! Thank you so much for posting it! :) The only thing I did differently was use some sugar-free ingredients.

    link to happylifehappywife.wordpress.com

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  38. Nopalea 38

    Those look absolutely delicious! We just went apple picking yesterday and I was looking for something yummy to make. Thanks for the idea!

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  39. val 39

    These look incredibly delicious. A perfect Fall treat!

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