Warm Baked Apples to Enjoy by the Fire.

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Now that the weather is getting cold, you will want to find ways to keep warm. One great way to do that is by enjoying comfort food in front of a burning fireplace.   Fox Valley Tree Service offers a variety of firewood for sale throughout the year. We can deliver or you can pick up.  

Another thing we know is how to enjoy a good wood burning fire with some great eats!

One of our personal favorites for the cold weather is warm baked apples. Yum. Just thinking about the flavors makes us hungry. 

So, let’s get started on how to make these great fireside treats. 

baked applesWORK TIME: 20 minutes / TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 20 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 

  • 4 med crisp apples (6–7oz each), such as Gala or Honeycrisp
  • ⅓ c dark brown sugar
  • ¼ c graham cracker crumbs 
  • 2 Tbsp butter softened
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 c dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts
  • ½ tsp freshly grated lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ c apple juice
  • 3 Tbsp honey 
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (from ½ lemon)

 

1. HEAT oven to 350ºF. With a melon baller or paring knife, remove stem and core from apples, making a ¾”-wide cavity in each nearly to blossom end. With a vegetable peeler or paring knife, remove a ½”-wide strip of peel around the top of each apple. If the apple doesn’t sit flat, slice a thin piece off the bottom, being careful not to slice into the cavity.

2. COMBINE sugar, graham cracker crumbs, butter, cinnamon, lemon zest, cranberries, nutmeg and walnuts in medium bowl. Mix with a fork until evenly moistened. Pack filling into apple cavities. Place apples in 8” x 8” baking dish. 

3. POUR apple juice, honey, and lemon juice into a microwaveable cup. Microwave on high just until warm, about 30 seconds. Stir to blend and pour around the apples. Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes.

4. UNCOVER pan and baste apples with pan juices. Bake until apples are very tender, 10 to 20 minutes longer. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. 

 

YUMMMMMY