Baked Apples that make their own caramel sauce!! Sweet, plump, juicy Baked Apples that make their own caramel sauce!!
Simply fill halved apples with a simple nut, butter, and sugar spiced filling, bake for 40 minutes, and serve in a pool of bubbling caramel sauce. It’s almost magical!
This is a great dessert to put together ahead of time and pop in the oven while you’re eating dinner. Don’t forget about the ice cream!
Modi Apples, bright red balls with a hint of yellow, full of crisp juiciness and fabulous apple flavor, are the inspiration for today’s recipe.
Baked Apples Recipe
I’ve been obsessed with Modi Best Apples since I first discovered them, which was only a few months ago when I was asked to try them.
I hate to admit it, but I was skeptical. For as long as I can remember, I’ve avoided store-bought apples because I know how difficult it is to find really good eating apples in Australia – or at least in Sydney.
I was completely wrong.
Meet Modi, your new favorite apple if you’ve ever bitten into a promising-looking apple only to be disappointed.
They get a perfect score on my Apple Score Card because they’re super juicy, crisp but not hard, and, most importantly, they have great flavor, which most mainstream apples lack. It’s also a good snacking size, being slightly smaller than most apples. Remember what my friends call me if you’re looking at my hand for size context: Baby Hands.
With apples this good, I wanted to make something quick and easy, but sinfully delicious enough that you’ll want to make it again and again.
So, Baked Apples is what I came up with.
These aren’t your typical Baked Apples, though. These are saucy on their own. As in, those apples are sitting in a pool of bubbling caramel when you take them out of the oven.
What Kind of Apples are Best For Baked Apples?
Any apple can be used to make baked apples; it’s a matter of personal preference. Red apples, of any variety, are my favorite. Use Granny Smith apples if you want a bit of tang. Serve with a big scoop of ice cream or a dollop of cream on top. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, crunch, creamy, warm, cold, creamy…. oh my goodness!!
PS If you’re wondering if baked apples are healthy, consider this: The apple portion is good for you. The rest isn’t. However, Baked Apples are much healthier than a large slice of Chocolate Fudge Cake or Strawberry Cheesecake for dessert!
And don’t forget to keep things in perspective, right? Good food equals a happy life!
Caramel Self Saucing Baked Apples Full Recipe
- 4 apples , juicy ones (Modi red apples are ideal, Note 1)
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tsp cornflour/cornstarch
- 1 cup walnuts or pecans , chopped (or sub with oats)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey or golden syrup)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 cup brown sugar , packed
- 75 g / 5 tbsp unsalted butter , melted
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
- Mix Filling ingredients together then set aside while you prep the apples – it will firm up and become scoopable (pop in fridge if its super hot where you are).
- Cut the apples in half through the core then use an ice cream scooper, spoon or small knife to scoop out the core (see video).
- Place apples in a baking dish so they are reasonably snug – you don’t want heaps of space around them. Pile Filling on the apples – I use an ice cream scoop.
- Mix cornflour with a splash of the water, mix to dissolve, then add remaining water. Pour around the apples.
- Cover with foil, bake 20 minutes. Remove foil, then bake a further 20 minutes until the crumb is deep golden and the apples are tender (but not sloppy soft) and there’s a syrupy caramel in the pan (it thickens a bit more when serving).
- To serve, spoon over caramel sauce, then top with ice cream and serve with more sauce!