Baked Apples Stuffed With Walnuts

IMG_3802-001It’s autumn and the markets are teeming with apples…apples to eat as a snack, apples for making apple sauce, apples for pies and apples for baking. Here in Ontario, we must have at least 10 varieties in the marlet – people love apples!

This recipe is quick, easy and it uses ingredients most of us already have in our pantry. Basically we’re peeling/coring apples, stuffing them with a mixture of walnuts, brown sugar and spices and we bake them.

You can play with the spice blend or use another nut (almonds would work) and bake away. Of course, apples and spices pair well with ice cream – a no-brainer.IMG_3759-002

Baked Apples Stuffed With Walnuts

(serves 6)

6 apples (Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala or Northern Spy)

4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground clove

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup orange juice or apple cider

1/2 cup maple syrup

French Vanilla ice cream

Pre-heated 375F oven

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the butter, sugar, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and vanilla, set aside. Lightly grease the sides of a round/oval 8X12 in. shallow baking vessel.
  2. Peel and core the apples and place in your baking vessel then press the nut filling into each cavity with a spoon and press down with your finger.
  3. Gently pour the juice over and around the apples,  cover loosely with foil and baked for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, baste the apples with juices and bake for another 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and apples are cooked through (use a thin wooden skewer to pierce/check for apples’ doneness).
  4. Remove from the oven, spoon juices over apples and drizzle maple syrup as well. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.

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Peter Minakis

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