2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar or brown sugar
(see notes for honey/agave substitution)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
A pinch of sea salt (optional)
1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract1.5 – 2 cups apple juice or cider
Water and lemon juice – if needed
© Use a fork to combine the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.© Cut the top off of each apple, and core (use a melon baller or apple corer) being careful not to go all the way through the apple.
© Pop the cored apples into a bowl of water with a few tablespoons of lemon juice to keep from them turning brown. This is a handy trick in case you have distractions while prepping the apples J
© Divide the butter mixture between each apple, by placing the mixture in the hallowed out cores. Add another sprinkle of cinnamon to the apples.
© Place the tops back onto the apples and place in a casserole dish.
© Pour the apple juice into the pan and cover with foil or lid.
© Bake for about 45 minutes (to an hour) at 325° or until apples are tender.
© Serve with ice cream or top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Slow Cooker Method© Place the stuffed apples into the slow cooker and pour apple juice into slow cooker.
© Bake on low for 6 to 8 hours.
Stove Top Method© Place the stuffed apples into a heavy pan deep enough to place apples in and still cover.
© Pour the apple juice and vanilla into the pan.
© Cover and cook on low for 35-45 minutes, or until apples are tender.
© If you like DRIED FRUIT, add 1 -2 teaspoons of raisins, cranberries, or dried cherries per apple and mix with butter and spices, then fill apples.
© If you prefer HONEY or AGAVE, simply core apples, then sprinkle insides with cinnamon and nutmeg, add dried fruit if desired, then drizzle in 1 -2 teaspoons of honey or agave, add 1 teaspoon of butter, cover apple with top and bake using desired method.
© Baked apples are wonderful with oatmeal, granola and yogurt, or pancakes for breakfast.
© If your apples are sweet (or you are trying to avoid additional sugars of any kind) you can simply sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and bake.
© Finally, if you need a quicker dessert, melt butter in pan, add sliced apples, sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes.