Really, is there any better smell than that of apples baking?
When you smell the aroma coming from the oven while you are baking apple pie, or applesauce, or apple crisp...doesn't it just make you linger a moment longer wherever you are in the house? You just need one more sniff of that mouthwatering, cinnamony, warm apple goodness. You can almost taste the brown sugar, carmalized, buttery flesh on your lips. Just from one smell.
Apples have always been one of my most favorite fruits. I think, again, it is because of sentimental attachment. Our farm had an apple orchard. I have fond memories of those fall harvests. And, of course, there are so many wonderful ways to prepare apples. They can be a side dish, part of a main dish, or the dessert. Even a healthy snack for the littles!
Every year our grocery store has a super sale on apples. You can buy Gala, Jonagold, Granny Smith, and Golden Delicious for about 50cents/pound. Considering I haven't found too many apple orchards out here, that is a tremendous deal. So, because I'm crazy, I buy about 80 or more pounds of apples at a time. I wrap them in plastic grocery bags and put them in the refrigerator. Believe it or not, they last well into the winter and it's a wonderful way for us to have fresh fruit for a long, long time.
We were also blessed to have a huge crop of apples from the apple tree in our backyard this year. So, in the midst of making quarts and quarts of applesauce, some of the apples in our refrigerator were forgotten about. They were discovered again this past weekend and put to good use by one of my princesses. She made baked apples with dad.
Then, you bake the apples. When you take them out of the oven, this is what they will look like.
4 medium apples
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
3 tablespoons softened butter
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Juice from ½ a lemon
1/2 cup apple juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash, peel the apples halfway, and remove the cores, taking care not to pierce through the bottom of the apple. Make a nice wide core, so there is plenty of room for the filling.
In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, oats, butter, walnuts, spices and lemon juice until crumbly. Divide mixture equally between the apples, mounding it a bit.
Place apples in an 8 x 8 inch baking pan and pour the apple juice all around the bottom.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until tender. Serve warm with gently whipped cream spooned over the top.
Thank you to DisneyFamily.com for the great recipe!