It’s almost apple picking time here in north Georgia! One of the nicest weekend afternoons you could possibly ask for in this part of the country is spending a day driving into the mountains and stopping at all the little apple stands. It’s the time of year when the air is clear, the light is bright, the leaves are gloriously colored, and fresh apples are everywhere you look. It’s really a not-to-be-missed annual rite in these parts.
One of my favorite apple treats that I look forward each Fall is baked apples. Sometimes I bake them simply with a pat of butter, some sugar, and cinnamon. But sometimes I take it up a notch and top them with a mixture of dried cranberry and pecans, orange marmalade and brown sugar. Delicious!
To make these perfect little Fall treats, choose apples that will hold their shape well during baking. I used Gala but Rome and Braeburn work well, too. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix together all the filling ingredients – chopped pecans, dried cranberries, orange marmalade, and brown sugar. Wow. Could there be a better combination? I don’t think so.
Now, cut the apples in half and scoop out the core. I like to use a grapefruit spoon for that. Those serrated edges clean the core out nicely.
Next set the apple halves in a small baking dish and top each with 1/4 of the pecan-cranberry mixture. Top each with a pat of butter.
Pop the dish in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the apples are tender. Be sure to baste them every once in a while with some of the pan juices.
Serve them just as they are, or with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Other baked apple recipes you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Stuffed Baked Apples with Walnuts and Dates from Family Fresh Cooking
- Baked Apples with Apple-Cranberry Oatmeal from Poor Girl Eats Well
- Honey Walnut Baked Apples from Cooking by the Seat of Our Pants
- Baked Apples with Maple Walnut Sauce from Noble Pig
What I was up to…
- One year ago: Corn-Bacon Chowder
- Two years ago: Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches with Horseradish Cream
- Three years ago: Chili-Cheese Corn Muffins