In the fall, I love walking around the hills foraging for wild or abandoned apple trees. There are so many trees along the countryside that are dropping their fruit to the ground this time of the year. They're free and best of all, they're not sprayed with any chemicals. It's a win -win!
This recipe does well with a firm and crisp cooking apple. If the apple has a softer flesh, be careful not to over bake because it could lose it's shape. I used Courtlands in this particular recipe. But really I think most apples would be delicious. Buying local apples are always the best!
If you are a fan of apple pie but you find the task of rolling out a pie crust difficult, this dessert hits the apple pie spot without the fuss of a crust peeling and/or chopping apples. This dessert is quick to prepare: just apples, maple syrup, maple cinnamon sugar, maple pecan granola, and a bit of butter!
Kids love eating and making this simple and healthy dessert!
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (can substitute with coconut oil)
2 Tablespoons Justamere's Maple Syrup
2 Teaspoons Justamere's Maple Cinnamon Sugar
1/2 Cup Justamere's Maple Pecan Granola (or favorite kind)
Optional - Whipping cream (can be sweetened with maple sugar and/or vanilla extract)
Preheat oven 375 degrees
Cut out center of each apple (do not cut through bottom of apple) and place cut-side-up, in baking dish.
Melt butter and maple syrup together in a pan on the stove till just melted and drizzle over the apples. (I use a spoon to cover apples with mixture)
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Pour 1/4 cup water into bottom of the dish and cover with foil or casserole cover.
Bake until apples are soft, about 35-45 minutes.
Uncover and bake 10 minutes more.
Transfer apples to a serving dish and pour liquid over the top and sides.
Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before filling.
Fill cavities with granola and top with whipped cream, if desire!