Honey-Baked Apples

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These honey-baked apples are a true treat. Caramelized and served warm they will fill your belly with an after-dinner treat that will lull you to sleep. My mother used to make us the very best honey-baked apples in the fall. It signified that winter was on its way, which never bothered me. I have always enjoyed the colder weather. As I have grown older and learned more about cooking, I came to learn that “baked apples are a New England thing”.

Baked Apples on a black plate with a spoon to the left on a wooden countertop
Honey-Baked Apples just out of the oven

It makes sense that Honey-Baked Apples originate from New England, that’s where my family is from

I searched the web and combined a few recipes to make a hybrid recipe for honey baked apples. It’s also somewhat healthful. My mother baked these apples and served them warm and filled the core with heavy cream. I can taste this now, as I write! But it’s not something that I would do today. Therefore, I use Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt or homemade almond milk that I spike with some bourbon or Grand Marnier and a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg or both and a dollop of honey.

You can use whatever apple you like the best

Honey crisp apples will hold firm in the oven, due to the natural crisp-crunchy texture. Granny smith apples pair wonderfully with honey since they are naturally sourer. Fuji apples are a mix of the two, firm and crunchy with a sweet and tart taste that can hold their own. Gala apples have a natural sweetness, you can even use less honey or sugar in this particular recipe. Cortland apples are considered the best baking apple since they are so juicy with a uniquely sweet and tart flavor that can easily complement any recipe.

It cannot be a Waxing Kara recipe without adding our Eastern Shore Honey! We used clover honey for a more mild sweetness that allows for the natural sweetness of the baked apple to really shine through. Try mixing it up with blueberry or blackberry, even orange blossom honey for a fruity finish. These honey-baked apples are a delectable treat, much loved by all ages.

apples on the tree just ripe for picking
Apples growing on an apple tree on Chesterhaven Beach Farm

How to Make Honey-Baked Apples

The first thing is first, preheat the oven to 375˚ It’s easy to make this honey-baked apple recipe. All you need are about a dozen ingredients. Gather up everything you need, Here’s the list:

  • Honeycrisp or Granny Smith baking apples 
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Waxing Kara Clover Honey
  • butter
  • Apple cider
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Chopped nuts walnuts, almonds or pecans
  • Brown sugar
  • Dried fruit chopped figs, cranberries, cherries or raisins
  • Heavy cream, greek yogurt or ice cream, for serving (optional)

Making Honey-Baked Apples

Step 1: Prepare the Apples

Use a melon baller to scoop the cores and stems out of each apple, keeping the base of the apple intact. Peel a strip of skin from around the top of each cavity.

Step 2: Prepare the filling 

In a large bowl, mix together dried fruit, sugar, nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. Place the apples right side up in a buttered baking dish that is small enough to hold them snugly. 

Step 3: Stuff the Apples

Fill each cavity with 1-2 teaspoons honey and butter pats cut into small pieces and lemon juice then Fill each core with the dried mixture. Place a pat of butter on top of the apple hole filled with the mixture. Drizzle honey on top of all the apples. Pour cider into baking dish.

Step 4: Bake and serve

Bake for 25 minutes, then cover with foil and continue baking until tender, 10 to 20 minutes more. Transfer the apples to shallow bowls for serving and drizzle with some of the juice from the baking dish. Alternatively, to make a caramel-like dessert sauce, pour the juices into a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until reduced to a syrup; drizzle over the apples.  Serve warm, filled with heavy cream, yogurt or ice cream if desired.

apple tree with green apples shot on chesterhaven beach farm
Granny Smith Apple Tree on Chesterhaven Beach Farm

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Honey Baked Apples

Honey-Baked Apples

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked apples, honey baked apples
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 540kcal
My mother baked these apples and served them warm and filled the core with heavy cream. I can taste this now, as I write!

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Ingredients

  • 6 baking apples (Granny Smith, Gala, Cortland, Fuji) rinsed
  • 4 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2-1 c Waxing Kara Clover Honey
  • 3 tbsp. butter cut into pats
  • 1/2 c apple cider
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 c chopped nuts walnuts, almonds or pecans
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c dried fruit chopped figs, cranberries, cherries or raisins
  • 1 1/2 c heavy cream greek yogurt or ice cream, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375˚
  • Use a melon baller to scoop the cores and stems out of each apple, keeping the base of the apple intact. Peel a strip of skin from around the top of each cavity.
  • In a large bowl, mix together dried fruit, sugar, nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside.
  • Place the apples right side up in a buttered baking dish that is small enough to hold them snugly. Fill each cavity with 1-2 teaspoons honey and butter pats cut into small pieces and lemon juice.
  • Fill each core with dried mixture.
  • Place a pat of butter on apple hole filled with mixture. Drizzle honey on top of all the apples. Pour cider into baking dish.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, then cover with foil and continue baking until tender, 10 to 20 minutes more.
  • Transfer the apples to shallow bowls for serving and drizzle with some of the juice from the baking dish. Alternatively, to make a caramel-like dessert sauce, pour the juices into a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until reduced to a syrup; drizzle over the apples. Serve warm, with filled with heavy cream, yogurt or ice cream if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 1160IU | Vitamin C: 10.3mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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2 thoughts on “Honey-Baked Apples

  1. Yummy, Yummy. Making me want to eat this right now. If I was home I would head for the kitchen…..

    1. I was thinking that you could ditch the brown sugar but you may not get the caramel… except using one of the thicker darker honey’s may help with that. Gotta experiment! ;0) Love you Joycie!

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