Ah! The smell of cinnamon and apples wafting from your oven. There’s nothing like it! This tasty cinnamon and baked apples dessert is delicious and satisfying by itself or paired with whipped cream or your favorite frozen yogurt or ice cream.
Baked Cinnamon Apples
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (plus extra for greasing)
- 2 large apples, peeled and diced
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup, divided
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease a small baking dish with a little butter. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss together the apples, cinnamon and one Tablespoon of maple syrup.
- Pour into the prepared baking dish.
- Spread apple mixture into an even layer and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the almond flour, melted butter, and remaining maple syrup. Stir to combine thoroughly.
- Evenly spread the mixture over the cinnamon apples.
- Place in the pre-heated oven and bake until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender, approximately 25 - 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool for a couple minutes before serving.
Best Baked Apples: How to Choose the Apples for Baking
Apples get sweeter and more mild-flavored as they bake, so you want to find apples that are firm and tart. That’s why recipes often call for Granny Smith apples. But they aren’t the only game in town. Here are some others that you can experiment with.
- Honeycrisp are my husband’s favorite. They aren’t as tart as Granny Smiths, but they are firm and hold up well in the oven.
- Jonagold are tart and sweet, but they don’t store well. So buy them fresh and bake them soon.
- Braeburn have an intense flavor that balances well with a lot of cinnamon.
- Crispin apples are mild-flavored like Golden Delicious but don’t turn to mush when gently baked.
- Pink Lady apples have an interesting flavor that balances between tart, sweet and acidic. They tend to hold their shape very well in the oven.
- Winesap can also be a good choice because they pair well with stronger flavor fruits such as figs.
There are lots of ways that you can make this recipe your own. Here are some suggestions:
- Experiment with different kinds of apples. I made a few suggestions above.
- Have fun with different kinds of fruit. You don’t have to use apples alone or even at all. Mix and match with pears, peaches, or even quince.
- Try different blends of spices. You can use pumpkin pie spice, which is a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Cardomom might also be nice.
- Add some texture to the topping. Add some rolled oats. Or even switch out the almond flour for oat flour, coconut flour or a home-made flour made from nuts and seeds.
Love to bake with apples? Check out The Apple Lover’s Cookbook by Amy Traverso. It’s available on Amazon.
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