Walnut-Stuffed Baked Apples

Walnut-Stuffed Baked Apples - an easy fall treat for a crowd, or for just a few! |foxeslovelemons.com

 

It’s a fact – toward the end of the summer, I start to long for fall and winter food. And toward the end of the winter, I start to long for spring and summer food. I’ve been longing for soups, stews, braises and anything involving apples and pumpkins for weeks now. I love you, summer, but I’m done.

Seeing as how it was in the 40′s one morning last week when I woke up, my fall menu planning is in full swing. Although, in true Michigan fashion, as I’m writing this (Friday), it’s 81 degrees. Sigh. This state. Always with the unpredictable temperature swings. I’ll consider today a slight blip on the path to full-on sweater and warm apple cider weather.
Nothing says “autumn” to me more than going to an apple orchard, eating warm donuts for lunch, and buying way, way more apples than I realistically need. Then spending the next month putting apples in everything I eat to prove to myself that buying all those apples was a great idea. Here’s one of my favorite simple desserts – these baked apples are easy to adapt for a crowd, or a simple weeknight sweet treat for two.

 

Walnut-Stuffed Baked Apples - an easy fall treat for a crowd, or for just a few! |foxeslovelemons.com

Walnut-Stuffed Baked Apples

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 large Gala apples
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In small bowl, combine brown sugar, walnuts, raisins, butter, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.
  2. Slice ½ inch off top of each apple. With small end of melon baller or small spoon, scoop out inner core and seeds from inside of each apple up to bottom (do not go all the way through apple). Arrange apples, cavity side up, in 9 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Fill each cavity with 2 tablespoons brown sugar-walnut mixture. Sprinkle remaining brown sugar-walnut mixture on top of apples. Pour juice around apples.
  3. Bake apples 30 to 40 minutes or until desired tenderness, rotating baking dish halfway through baking. Spoon juices remaining in dish over apples and serve warm.

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50 comments

  1. These just scream fall. They look amazing! And, the best thing is everyone at our house can eat this treat because there is no dairy (we use a butter substitute,) egg or soy involved!

  2. These would be perfect for a Fall dinner party, Lori! I can imagine preparing a big tray of these and popping them in the oven as dinner starts. Then everyone would have a warm spicy apple dessert to finish the meal. Just perfect!

    • Oh yeah, I think they’d be perfect for a dinner party! And I think you could prepare them a little in advance, because even if the apples turn a little brown while waiting to be baked, it won’t matter – they’ll brown in the oven anyway!

  3. I really need to try a recipe such as this one Lori; the baked apples of my youth were always so bland and over sugary. This looks stunning!

  4. Oh my goodness gracious! I want one of these right now – for breakfast!

  5. Oh my goodness, these are just amazing. Love the walnuts paired with the apples. I bet these were incredible!

  6. I just love baked apples, so delicious. You can’t imagine how excited I am that Fall is here, apples, pumpkins, oh yes!!

  7. Gorgeous and gourmet, Lori! Your baked apples recipe is a keeper. Your dessert is perfect for a fall dinner party =)

  8. I adore baked apples and this recipe takes them to the next level!

  9. I love stuffed apples! Yours looks delish!! I am in such an apple mood today!

  10. Baked apples are one of my favorites. These look wonderful! Perfect for Fall.

  11. Hello Fall! These look awesome and Gala apples are one of my favorites!

  12. I think these should be in the dictionary under “fall.” I can’t think of anything better. And you really can’t beat Michigan’s apples either. My hubby and I are making a special trip next weekend just to get some!

  13. These baked apples look terrific! I just stopped at the apple orchard today so I’m ready for all apple desserts 🙂

  14. I love the oat version of this – if I could eat nuts this would be amazing too

  15. I bet those smelled amazing while they were cooking!

  16. Lori – you have no idea how much I love the combination of apples, walnuts, raisins, and fall apple pie spices! Your dish looks amazing. Bravo!

  17. I love, love, LOVE baked apples! My family always had them Christmas morning, and to this day they remind me of cool weather and happy memories. This seems like the perfect way to welcome in fall!

    • Oh, what a great Christmas morning treat! I love that idea! My husband and I usually make some sort of egg casserole for Christmas morning, but now I’m thinking a baked apple to share would be a great addition.

      Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth!

  18. Lori, I love easy yet ridiculously delicious desserts like this! Yay, I don’t need to peel and dice the apples (as you can tell, I’m super lazy). My husband would be ALL over these.

  19. Hello Lori!

    Thanks for inventing and sharing this recipe…. the baked apple is a treat…. and so easy to make- definitely what i call a smart recipe! Do share more such recipes 🙂 Thanks once again!

    CK

  20. Making these tonight with galas from the farm 🙂

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