Rustic Baked Apples

Farm fresh apples, lots of cinnamon, and just the right amount of brown sugar, all wrapped in a wonderful crust. Fresh from the oven they are so warm and so good, the only thing you need now is a fork!    

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Some of you know this, some of you don’t, but I am really a minimalist at heart. A lot of bloggers lean more towards the fancy side of food, and that’s fine. Around here we’re all about the flavor!

I think it is the simple, well done recipes that create the greatest happiness. My fellas don’t crave fancy desserts, yet they beg me to make any kind of chocolate chip cookies several times a week.

This particular version of my Rustic Baked Apples can be done any time of year. To be honest, I forgot I never posted this particular version of one of my favorites.

We’re not really pie people here, but I have to admit when I make these baked apples we eat them in record time. Fresh from the oven they are so good!

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You may not be able to tell from the picture, but these are honey gold apples. I’m sure, I picked them myself. Feel free to use any kind of apple you like.

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This is basically how you want the apple to look when all wrapped up and they core area is stuffed with our little extras.

For the pie crust you can use either store bought or homemade. I am using store bought because my food processor is broken and I always make my crust in that. You can do either one.

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For cutting the crust to the desired shape and size it’s really going to vary. The weight, size and shape of the apple will determine how you cut your crust.

Keep in mind you want to be able to wrap the crust around the apple leaving the top portion uncovered. The area where the core once was. You need to be able to form a good seal on the crust for the apple to bake up the way you want them to.

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You can serve these Rustic Baked Apples baked golden brown, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or even served with a generous dollop of whip cream. Your dessert, you decide. :)

Rustic Baked Apples

Ingredients:

4 Apples, any variety you like, make sure they can stand up on their own

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup tablespoons brown sugar

Pie crust – homemade or pre-made, whichever you prefer

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 8 x 8 pan, or 9 x 9 pan with cooking spray. My pan was 11 x 7, because that’s what I had on hand. Core apples with an apple corer. Discard cores.

2. Cut dough to desired size and shape. Wrap pie crust around apple completely making sure that you leave the top area (where the core used to be) open. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon together. Add enough cinnamon to get enough it that way you want it to taste.

3. Using a small spoon, fill the center of each apple with 1/2 -1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar mix, and 1 tablespoon brown sugar.

4. Bake in pan for approximately 45 minutes. Depending on the type of apple you use it may take more or less time. When you take the pan out of the oven allow the apples to cool for a while before serving. Serve apples with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and pan drippings on top, if desired. Excellent either way!

Servings 4 – 1 apple per serving

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