Apples Baked in Cider

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Author Notes: Apples baked in cider somehow taste more of themselves. It goes without saying that this is comfort food, easy to put together and pop in the oven just as soon as dinner is underway. If possible, use cider from a farm stand or farmer’s market—it has a deeper, more concentrated flavor than the grocery store brands, which wash out in comparison. The comfort extends to those times when you are not eating dessert for self-improvement purposes, but want something just a little sweet. These won’t do much damage. You can even omit the sugar if you want to feel pure. - SallySally

Food52 Review: This dead-simple recipe should be in your back pocket all through apple season. Once you reduce some cider and core a few apples it's virtually hands off, and the results can be anything you want them to be. You can eat the sweet, mellowed apples bare -- a more virtuous cousin of the apple pie -- to restore you when you're feeling cold and low. Or you can dress them up with creme fraiche or ice cream, to celebrate the season. Note: We used Galas and found them to be perfect -- for a primer on the best apples for baking, go here. Feel free to omit the butter to make this dessert parve.The Editors

Serves 4

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 4 firm cooking apples, like Braeburn, Gala, Fuji or Granny Smith
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Heat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Pour the cider into a small skillet and bring it to a boil. Continue to boil over medium heat until the liquid reduces by slightly less than half. It should be vaguely syrupy, but it will not be too thick. It will take less time in a skillet than in a saucepan because there is more surface evaporation. Either way, don’t just walk off to another room and leave it—you might set off your smoke alarm if you forget it. I speak from experience.
  3. While the cider is reducing, peel the skin from the top third of each apple. Use a melon baller to dig out the apple core, leaving about 1/3-inch of the apple intact at the bottom. Place the apples in a pie pan or baking dish.
  4. Stir the cinnamon, butter and brown sugar into the cider syrup. Pour it into the apple cavities, allowing it to overflow into the baking dish. Bake the apples for 40 to 50 minutes, until they are pleasantly soft but not collapsing. Baste the apples occasionally in the cider syrup if you happen to think of it, and add more cider if the liquid starts to dry out completely. The exact cooking time depends on the variety and size of the apples—some take longer than others.
  5. Serve the apples warm in dessert bowls with the extra syrup spooned over them. If you want to dress them up, drizzle them with some heavy cream, or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Custard sauce would be even better if you’re feeling ambitious. If any apples are leftover, warm them up for breakfast and eat with yogurt.
  • This recipe is a Wildcard Contest Winner!
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29 days ago Annie

I made this first thing after going Apple Picking. Amazing!

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4 months ago Chantal Miller

so much yes

Stringio

about 2 years ago Shalala

This is such a worthy wildcard win--so simple and yet so satisfying. I took Sally's suggestion here and used one of the leftover apples in my steel cut oats the next morning (http://www.food52.com/recipes...) it was absolutely delicious!

Kate_10_0

almost 3 years ago kate-monster

Made these last night - absolutely fantastic. This recipe will become a staple this holiday season!

Me

almost 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This was just fantastic. I made this with our dinner of roasted pork tonight and it was a big favorite at the table. I'll be making this recipe a lot! Thanks!!!!

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about 3 years ago Woodside

It's really hard to go wrong with butter, sugar, cinnamon, and apples! Still, you have to get the combination right, and this does. Fruit, wrapped in deliciousness. A very autumnal dish. Here's a vote for vanilla ice cream as the apt accompaniment; the cold/warm contrast is perfect.

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about 3 years ago Bevi

I made these tonight and they are so delicious and EASY! I can easily see a dozen of these in a 13"x9" baking dish, presented in all their glory topped by lapadia's chantilly cream! I plan on making some cognac ice cream, and then gilding the lily with chantilly cream, and calling it a Thanksgiving dessert.

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about 3 years ago Smallpeace

I'm always looking for easy ways to make the most of the bounty of apples we harvest from our local orchards this time of year. Coupled with custard or a little creme fraiche will take this simple recipe to the next level. Thanks.

Ashtaco

about 3 years ago wanderash

These look terrific! I just bought everything needed (plus a tub of ice cream) and my toddler and I are going to make them this afternoon. Thanks for the inspiration!

Hilary_sp1

about 3 years ago Hilarybee

Yum!!

Winnie100

about 3 years ago WinnieAb

So perfect! I was just thinking about making something like this for my daughter who got braces 2 days ago...I'm going to make them with honey :)

Me

about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Honey sounds perfect here!!

Me

about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Congratulations Sally! This looks wonderful! As soon as the weather shifts here, I'm on this!

Moi

about 3 years ago Sally

Wow, thank you all. What a surprise! I hope these warm apples will comfort you on blustery fall days...

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations Sally, what a wonderful recipe. Love baked apples.

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

Congrats on your wildcard win!

Junechamp

about 3 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Sounds tasty. Reminds me I want to pull out my recipe for Apples baked with Maple Syrup and Walnuts.

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about 3 years ago Bevi

Wonderful!

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Congrats on the wildcard! This sounds like fall through and through. Knowing me, I would add both creme fraiche and ice cream, hehe.

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about 3 years ago Midge

Congratulations! Sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving dessert to me.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congrats on your wildcard win! Love this version of baked apples & bet it would be amazing with caramel ice cream.