Did you ever buy apples and when you get them home and bite into them…. They are not very tasty, hard to bite into, just not at all what you expected?!
And then you are wondering, what the heck! Now what do I do with all of these apples?
I just did that, they were on sale at my store so I thought I would give them a try. What a disappointment.
And this is not the first time this has happened. I have even bought my regular tried and true favorite variety, but they were not tasty at all.
When this happens, I usually make apple pancakes, or sauté them and put them in maple syrup, or make baked cinnamon apples.
These baked apples taste like an apple pie without the crust. You can pour these over ice cream, French toast, pancakes or waffles. They are delicious over yogurt and oatmeal too. And I am sure there are a bunch of other yummy ideas that you can come up with
You could also make a crumb topping and turn this into a crisp.
I prefer the apples peeled for this recipe. I “rough” peeled them, meaning that there was some random pieces of the peel still on the apples. I did not like it! The apples were soft and the skin was tough
If you don’t have the cardamom, that’s okay. They will still be delicious without it. But I love cardamom so I almost always have some in my pantry and if I have a recipe that calls for cinnamon, I like to add the cardamom too.
After the apples are cut into 1 inch chunks and peeled, put them in a bowl and coat them with the juice of half a lemon. Make sure you zest the lemon first! Set the apples aside and put all of the spices, brown sugar, salt & pepper, lemon zest and cornstarch into a small bowl, blend well and then pour over the apples coating them evenly.
Now, let’s chat about the pepper for a second. You do not need to add the pepper BUT… Did you know that the pepper “spices” up the cinnamon and cardamom? When I make my chai tea, I toss several cracked peppercorns in the mix to really kick up the spice level.
Okay, so next you are going to put the apple mixture into a greased 8×8 inch baking dish and dot the top with cubes of butter. Cover the dish with foil. It’s really important to cover the dish with the foil! It helps to steam the apples and keep them from drying out.
Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the apples are tender. I check on the apples at 20 minutes and then check about every 5 minutes to make sure they are perfect and not over baked.
I hope you give these glorious baked apple a try!
Baked Cinnamon Apples
6 apples, cut into 1” cubes, skin removed optional
1/3 cup brown sugar, heaping
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cardamom
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 T cornstarch, heaping
Salt and pepper
Lemon zest from one lemon
Lemon juice from half of a lemon
2-3 T butter, cubed
- Place apple chunks in bowl, coat with the lemon juice and set aside.
- Put the brown sugar, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, cornstarch, salt and pepper, and the lemon zest in a small bowl and mix together.
- Pour sugar mixture over the apples and coat evenly.
- Place apples in an 8 by 8 inch greased baking dish, spread evenly in the dish.
- Dot with butter and cover with foil.
- Bake at 400 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender.