Sweet, plump, juicy Baked Apples that makes its own caramel sauce!! This is a terrific quick and easy dessert for assembling ahead then popping in the oven while you’re eating dinner. Just don’t forget the ice cream!
Today’s recipe is brought into this world courtesy of Modi Apples, bright red balls with a hint of yellow full of crisp juiciness with fabulous apple flavour!
I’ve been munching on Modi Apples obsessively since I discovered them which, admittedly, was only a couple of months ago when I was asked to try them.
I feel bad saying this, but I must confess I was a wee bit dubious because for as long as I can remember, I’ve approached store bought apples with caution, knowing that it’s actually quite hard to get really great eating ones here in Australia – or at least, here in Sydney.
How wrong I was.
To everyone who’s bitten into promising looking apples only to be sorely disappointed, meet your new favourite apple – Modi.
They get full marks on my Apple Score Card: super juicy, crisp but not hard, and most importantly for me, they have great flavour, something that most of the main stream apples lack.
Added bonus: it’s a good snacking size, a bit smaller than most apples. If you’re looking at my hand for size context, remember what my friends call me – Baby Hands. 😂
With apples this good, I wanted to make something real quick ‘n easy and so sinfully delicious, you’ll want to make this over and over again.
So this is what I came up with – Baked Apples.
But these are not your usual Baked Apples. 🙂 These are self saucing. As in – pile a sugar/butter/walnut/spiced mixture on apples, pour cornflour/water around the apples, then when you pull this out of the oven, those apples are sitting in a pool of bubbling caramel.
Just imagine all the good things that are happening as that butter-sugar mixture passes through the apples and ends up in the tray as your very own homemade caramel sauce…… – Nagi x
Sweet, plump, juicy Baked Apples that makes its own caramel sauce!! This is a terrific quick and easy dessert for assembling ahead then popping in the oven while you’re eating dinner. Just don’t forget the ice cream! Recipe video below.
- 4 apples , juicy ones (Modi red apples are ideal, Note 1)
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tsp cornflour/cornstarch
- 1 cup walnuts or pecans , chopped (or sub with oats)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey or golden syrup)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 cup brown sugar , packed
- 75 g / 5 tbsp unsalted butter , melted
- Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
Mix Filling ingredients together then set aside while you prep the apples – it will firm up and become scoopable (pop in fridge if its super hot where you are).
Cut the apples in half through the core then use an ice cream scooper, spoon or small knife to scoop out the core (see video).
Place apples in a baking dish so they are reasonably snug – you don’t want heaps of space around them. Pile Filling on the apples – I use an ice cream scoop.
Mix cornflour with a splash of the water, mix to dissolve, then add remaining water. Pour around the apples.
Cover with foil, bake 20 minutes. Remove foil, then bake a further 20 minutes until the crumb is deep golden and the apples are tender (but not sloppy soft) and there’s a syrupy caramel in the pan (it thickens a bit more when serving).
To serve, spoon over caramel sauce, then top with ice cream and serve with more sauce!
1. You need to use juicy apples for this recipe as juices from the apples leech out while baking, forming part of the sauce. So if your apples aren’t that juicy, you’ll be disappointed with dry baked apples. 🙁 I created this recipe for Modi Apples which are ideal – super juicy, great apple flavour, nice size. They’re only available at Coles here in Australia (at this stage!)
2. The thickness of the sauce at the end will be affected by how large your apples are. It’s an easy fix – if too thick, add a spoonful of hot water, if too thin, take apples out, give it a mix, pop back in oven for a minute or two to thicken.
3. Make ahead: Rub cut side of apples with lemon (stops from browning), top with Filling then set aside until ready to bake. You can even leave it overnight - but pour the cornflour water mixture around just before baking because the cornflour settles if you leave it out for ages.
4. Servings: In all honesty, I'm happy with one piece as a dessert with ice cream, but if you're a dessert monster, you might want 2 pieces! Nutrition is for 1 piece, assuming all sauce used, ice cream not included.
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