There’s something about the smell of apples baking in the oven that makes me feel all warm and cozy inside. Are you that way? Baked apples are one of my favorite things about the cooler weather. Incase you absolutely adore baked apples the way that I do you should check out this recipe for sweet maple chicken in the crockpot. It slowly marinates apples and maple syrup with the chicken and it is by far on the greatest things to come home to after a long day at work.
I recently found myself with a lot of apples and I needed a way to use them. I did debate making apple sauce but the kids just don’t eat that much apple sauce and I can only stomach so much myself. It’s something to do with the texture. Instead, I opted to go with Baked Apples. It wasn’t that long ago that my family went on our Disney family vacation. Since we were going with extended family we stopped at Cracker Barrel on the way down there to get something to eat and some of the family ended up getting a side order of their famous Fried Apples. Naturally they looked amazing but they are not gluten free and that’s something that’s very important to me as my son and I each have Celiac Sprue. Traveling with gluten free or dairy free needs can be very restricting, especially with kids but we make it work.
Well, I had been thinking about those apples ever since we got back home, so when I needed a way to cook up such a large quantity of apples it seemed like a natural fit. I’m not kidding about the quantity either. I had 24 apples to use! The good thing about this recipe is that it can be cut in half to use only 12 apples. Of course, if you are like me and need an easy way to use a lot of apples, perhaps you or someone you know owns a tree, then you’ll be able to see what 24 apples looks like once it’s finished.
- 24 Granny Smith Apples
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 1/4 cup loose brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 375º
- Peel and core apples.
- Cut apples into chunks or slices. Chunks take longer to cook but kids seem to prefer them this way.
- Melt butter.
- Mix together melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and maple syrup.
- Place apples in a large deep baking dish.
- Pour mixture over apples and give them a good toss until apples are completely coated.
- Bake apples for 40 - 55 minutes tossing apples halfway through to keep moist.
- Apples are done when they appear almost transparent and very tender.
Wondering how far 24 apples will get you when making baked apples?
A lot! These dishes are part of the Rachel Ray set and are actually two different sizes. I’ll attach links to each to help you get a better idea on just how many apples this version of the recipe will make. Below I’ll also attach the recipe when divided in half that way you don’t have to play the guessing game while baking.
Half Recipe Measurements For Cinnamon Baked Apples
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1.8 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup maple syrup