We’ve all heard the stories about the sad kid and the neighbor that gave out apples for Halloween, but that’s probably because they weren’t sweet, baked apples with yummy local ingredients #trickortreat A lot of people add honey and brown sugar to baked apples, but we love them with local maple syrup. Of course, we think they taste even better when you use apples you picked yourself!
Last week, I spent a day with Pam Florence of Zest for Cooking, a chef, blogger and culinary instructor with a passion for healthy cooking (check out her photos below). We talked about food innovation and #glutenfree sweet treats, and she got me hooked on these baked apples. Take a break from making apple pie and try this recipe!
Baked Apples with Rolled Oats, Cinnamon and Maple Syrup
Makes four servings
Total time: 45 minutes
In My Basket
4 large Braeburn apples (from Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm, Millis MA)
1/4 cup maple syrup (from Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick MA)
From the Pantry
1/4 rolled oats
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup cherries
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 375°. Wash and dry apples. Slice a little from the bottom of each apple so that they sit flat without wobbling over.
- Use melon baller to scoop out core and enough of the flesh to hold the ingredients. Be careful not to scoop all the way to the bottom! Place each apple in a baking dish so that they fit snuggly and won’t wobble around.
- Fill each cored apple with walnuts, cherries and oats. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon to taste, then drizzle maple syrup over the top of each apple. Fill the bottom of the baking dish with 1/4 inch of water.
- Bake for 30 minutes on convection until tender and a bit bubbly on top. Eat while still warm. Enjoy!
Alice Kathryn Richardson is a new media photojournalist and creator of The Clean Food Club. She previously spent two years working on Deserts in the District, a series of short-form documentaries exploring food access and hunger in Washington, DC. She is committed to supporting local and sustainable food businesses by telling their stories with photo and video. Follow her on Twitter @AKR_Pictures.