Autumn is here and it’s apple season! Apples are always a hit in our house but when the evenings get dark and cold and the rain is pouring down, eating an apple doesn’t seem so appetising. You want something warm, satisfying and indulgent. This is where easy baked apples come to the rescue! They are simple to make and delicious.
You can add yoghurt or blackberries, a sprinkle of soft brown sugar or eat them as they are – it’s up to you. They are a sweet and warming dessert, a healthy and satisfying winter snack or you could even have them for breakfast with some granola sprinkled on the top. These easy baked apples are very quick to prepare, so give them a try.
- 4 Braeburn apples
- 4 tablespoons of raisins
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Honey (optional)
You can see a video of how to make these easy baked apples here.
- Preheat the oven to 200c (180c fan).
- Wash and core the apples.
- Take a sharp knife and score the skin around the centre of the apple. This prevents the skin from splitting. Then put the apples in an oven proof dish.
- Cut a small disc from each of the apple cores and put it back in the centre of the apple, to stop the filling from falling out.
- Add the cinnamon to the raisins and stir.
- Fill the apples with the raisin and cinnamon mixture.
- If you want to add honey then squeeze a small amount over the top of the apples. You could also sprinkle soft brown sugar on the apples, or add a small square of butter. It’s up to you but the apples will be sweet and delicious if you decide to leave this out.
- Bake the apples in the oven for 45 minutes, until they are soft. Let the apples cool, as you want to eat them when they are warm, rather than straight out of the oven.
You can serve your baked apples on their own, or at this time of year they go very nicely with a handful of blackberries.
If you are looking for other apple bakes, this German Apple Cake is more of a challenge than my baked apples but it is worth the effort and tastes amazing! Or you could try these tempting Sticky Toffee Apple Breadsticks for a sweet Autumnal treat.
I really love Autumn, it is my favourite time of the year. The crunch of leaves underfoot, the smell of woodsmoke, picking apples and blackberries, toasting marshmallows and warming cold hands around a mug of hot chocolate. Here are some ideas for other Autumnal makes and bakes to get you into the spirit of the season.
When the weather is cold I love a warming, delicious soup and this Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Soup is simple and very healthy too.
When the evenings get darker and the rain is pouring, it’s useful to have some indoor activities ready for the kids. This handprint tree activity is perfect. Get creative cutting, gluing and sticking. Or try this idea for creating simple and cute, prickly hedgehogs. If your house is filled with Hama Beads take a look at this fantastic idea for Autumn Hama Bead Battery Operated Tea Light Holders.
If you run out of ideas, then take a look at this fantastic list of 80 ideas for family fun this Autumn for inspiration.
Autumn means bonfire night, fireworks and Halloween. I’ll leave you with these safety tips for Halloween: remember to stay safe and enjoy!