What would you say if you could enjoy all of the delicious flavors and yummy aromas of apple pie, with no added sweeteners, less fat, and fewer calories? As an apple pie lover myself, I’ve worked up a recipe that is all that, and more. With no dough to roll and just a few simple ingredients, these delicious fruit and nut-stuffed baked apples are the perfect holiday or party dessert! You can dress them up (try them with ice cream, or a drizzle of eggnog!), or down, enjoying them as they are, just out-of-the-oven-warm, and simply satisfying. Check out how easy they are to make, and get tips on choosing the best baking apples here, on YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen’s newest video!
Not all apples hold up well in the heat of an oven! The best baking apples retain their flavor and color, and have a nice texture after they are cooked, so you might need to experiment a bit to find your favorites. I held a fun apple bake-off at home before making this video, and discovered five relatively uncommon apples that my tasters rated highly. Liberty apples, with their rich, ‘complex’ flavors, rated number one, while Cameo, Gala, Jonagold and Empire apples all came in as close seconds! Each apple type took slightly different amounts of time to cook, ranging from 40 to 50 minutes. It’s a good idea to test the apple you choose at home for doneness after 20 minutes, and then every 5 minutes after. However, if you overcook them, don’t worry. They can be turned into delicious applesauce!
Remember to check out all of our videos and recipes at YRMCHealthConnect.org! Click on the YRMC Your Healthy Kitchen Blog and you’ll find all of the videos and recipes we’ve posted, including many recipes for dishes that belong on any healthy table! You can also join me in my kitchen at home, by following me on Facebook, at YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen, where I regularly post recipes, photos and videos of the meals I make for my family and me, plus links to my favorite food, nutrition and gardening websites and blogs. Until next time, eat well and be well!