Apples are nutritious and delicious fruits that most people love. This recipe for Baked Apples with Cinnamon features sweet apples, rich cinnamon, and a caramelized sauce. You can serve it as a side dish at dinner, top it with vanilla ice cream, or just have it as an afternoon snack.
Apples are a favorite fruit for many people. Our recipe for Baked Apples will be one that the whole family will love. The house will smell absolutely delicious while they’re baking as well. Serve the baked apples as a side dish for a meal, topped with vanilla ice cream as a dessert, or just as a warm, tasty afternoon snack for the kids.
Baked Apples with Cinnamon Recipe
Our recipe for Baked Apples is a wonderful way to include them in your meal plan this week. Our recipe does have some added sugar, and if this is a concern for you feel free to reduce the amount or replace it with a sugar-free sweetener. Any variety of firm cooking apples will work in this recipe. If you are a fan of a more tart apple, a Granny Smith, Jonagold, or a Braeburn apple will be a perfect choice.
Spray a nine-inch pie pan or square baking pan with cooking spray for ease of clean up.
Peel, core, and slice the apples. You want the apple pieces to be at least ½ inch thick. If you cut them too thin, they will become floppy and soggy in baking.
Put the apple pieces in the prepared baking pan.
In a small bowl, stir together the salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Spoon this mixture over the apples and stir the apples to coat them liberally with the mixture.
Microwave the butter for about 20 to 30 seconds to melt it.
Drizzle the butter over all of the apples.
Bake the apples in the oven uncovered for about 30 minutes. The apples will release their juices.
When you remove the apples from the oven, stir them to coat them in their juices.
Allow them to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
Apples have been grown by humans for thousands of years in Asia and Europe. The Romans were some of the first people to selectively breed apples for size and quality. As the Romans conquered more of the ancient world, they took apple trees along with them, increasing the range of this useful and lovely tree.The people who lived in France learned how to grow apple trees from the Romans, and they took both the trees and their knowledge with them when they invaded the British Isles in 1066 with William the Conqueror. British monks took the trees that the Norman invaders brought and improved them, creating varieties that were more suited to the climate of Great Britain.The first settlers to the New World took apple seeds and seedlings with them, thus spreading the tree to the North American continent. The first apple orchard was planted in Boston in the 1700s, and Native Americans also helped spread the plant all across the continent.Currently, over 7500 varieties of apples exist all across the world. They differ in more than simply the kind of apples that they produce. They can vary in the size of an apple, productivity, disease resistance, and the climate to which they are suited. Commercial cultivars frequently feature much more than taste.Commercial apples must stay fresh longer, store well, and ship well, as well as producing a crop of uniform shape, color, and texture. Many of the older cultivars aren’t well suited to the needs of a commercial producer, so they may be harder to find. However, small farmers and specialty growers may offer these older varieties for sale at small farmers’ markets and roadside stands.Have you ever heard the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” While this little rhyme is something of an old wives’ tale, there is a bit of truth to it. Apples are powerhouses of nutrition. They are loaded with fiber and water, two things that many Americans lack in their daily diets. Studies have found that overweight people who eat apples each day may lose weight because the fruit is quite filling but surprisingly low in calories.Apples are linked to a lower rate of heart disease, likely due to both the fiber in the fruit and the antioxidants that are present in the apple peel. Eating apples has also been linked to a 28 percent lower incidence of developing type 2 diabetes. Many of the antioxidants in the fruit are linked to lower incidences of asthma, increased bone density and strength, and lower incidents of cancer death. It is plain to see that including apples as a part of your healthy diet can only benefit your health.Those who like sweeter flavor profiles may find that they prefer a Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, or Fuji. Additionally, you can use a combination of two or three apples in this dish and you will find the Baked Apples delicious. What you don’t want to do is choose an apple that turns to mush when exposed to heat. Red Delicious, MacIntosh, and Cortland apples are not great choices for this recipe.We peeled our apples for this recipe. However, if you don’t want to do this or you don’t have time to peel apples, feel free to leave the peel on the apple. In fact, a red apple peel will add a lot of color and beauty to the dish.