Baked apples are a staple come Fall, so if you haven’t tried them yet, it’s time to get on board! And this recipe does not disappoint. Cinnamon and nutmeg baked apples are simple, yet extremely flavorful- just how I like it. They are the perfect pairing with oatmeal, ice cream, waffles, pancakes, or you can enjoy them on their own.
I love to use ingredients seasonally, something i’m sure i’ve mentioned before. With our modern grocery stores, ingredients from all over the world are available at anytime of the year. However, the best flavors and textures come from produce that is grown in its peak season. Even more so if it’s local. Apples are in their peak season now, so get ready for an abundance of apple recipes to come your way! I chose gala apples for this recipe, but any variety of apple will make for a delicious dish.
The first time I tested this recipe for the blog I used a knife to core and slice the apples. Prepping ten apples that way was a little tiring, so the second time around I purchased an apple slicer (looks like this) which made the work so much easier and faster. I would definitely recommend getting one if you are needing to prep a bunch of apples, or if like me you are going to make a lot of recipes that use apples.
I typically bake them for about 45 minutes because I’ve found that they turn out to be soft, yet still have some structure to them. If you like softer apples then definitely let them bake the full hour.
I have tried this recipe using a small amount of natural sweetener like coconut sugar or maple syrup, as well as leaving it out. Both versions are wonderful, and the apples become quite sweet while they cook so leaving out the sweetener will still produce a nice sweet dish. The choice is yours!
This recipe would go great with these other recipes:
- 10 Gala apples (or your favorite variety), washed
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2½ cups apple cider or apple juice
- juice form 1 lemon
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or maple syrup
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Core your apples and slice them into ¼ inch thick slices. Place them in a large mixing bowl. Dissolve the cornstarch in a small amount of water and stir until no clumps remain. Add the dissolved cornstarch and the rest of the ingredients to the apples and stir until the apples have been thoroughly coated in the other ingredients. Pour the apple mixture into a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish and cover with tin foil.
- Bake the apples for 45 minutes to an hour or until the are soft and done to your liking. Stir them once or twice while they bake, so they cook evenly. Take them out of the oven when they are done and let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!