I adore the smell of apples baking!! Whether it’s apple pie, apple butter, applesauce, or these Baked Apples cooking away-It makes the house smell so cozy and inviting and just… “homey”.
This recipe is my favorite way to prepare Baked Apples. And there are sooo many ways you could enjoy this dish…I usually prepare them as a side dish to go along with dinner. It offers something sweet and tart, and pairs well with many meals- to name a few, pork roast or chops, baked chicken, cube steak, or if you are doing a breakfast, it is perfect along with eggs. But, this recipe would also taste delicious if it was served warm on top of vanilla ice cream, or enjoy on top of your morning oatmeal or serve with biscuits and sop up all the good sauce with the biscuit. Oh, yum!
Fresh (or frozen) Cranberries and plump raisins accompany the apples- making these Baked Apples a good candidate for Thanksgiving or Christmas occasions, too when cranberries are in season. But, I like to freeze fresh cranberries when they are in season, so I can enjoy them throughout the year whenever they strike my fancy.
Here’s the recipe summary: Diced Apples, along with tart cranberries and juicy raisins are baked with brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and butter- which all turns into a beautiful sweet sauce that coats the fruit and makes you smack your lips together!
This recipe serves 5-6 approximately
- 4 large apples, diced (should be between 3-4 cups)
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup (generous) brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- pinch of cloves (about 1/8 tsp.)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbs. butter
- 2-3 Tbs. water
Wash, peel, and dice the apples. Place in a greased 8 in (or similar-sized) baking dish. Add the Cranberries and raisins. Mix together.
Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Mix well. Cut the butter into slices and lay over the apple mixture in various places. Add the water.
Bake, uncovered at 375 for 30-40 minutes, until apples are tender.
Allow to sit for a few minutes before serving so the sauce will thicken up a little bit. Serve