Want to create a delicious dessert the whole family can enjoy? Our “baked apples” recipe is not only delicious, but also a great opportunity for little hands aged 3-6 to get involved in the kitchen. This easy and fun recipe allows young chefs to get involved in the cooking process and learn valuable skills while preparing these delicious sweet treats. The best part? Pair your baked apples with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream for a delicious combination that will delight the taste buds of all ages!
- 6 eating apples (great helpers: score each around the circumference with a small, sharp knife)
- a handful of sultanas
- 2 tbsp light muscovado sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Matchbox-sized piece of butter
- 2 tsp demerara sugar
Top tip for parents
Your child may be able to do the coring themselves, but make sure they are high enough on the work surface so that they can press down firmly on the corer. You can easily change the filling for the apples: chopped dried apricots work well instead of sultanas, and flaked almonds or chopped hazelnuts add a bite.
- Ask an adult to turn the oven on to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
- Place each apple on the counter and insert the apple corer into the center of each apple (or ask an adult to do this for you).
- Mix sultanas, muscovado sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Place the apples next to each other in a baking dish.
- Using your fingers, press a little of the sultana mixture into each apple, using up all of the mixture in between.
- Place a dollop of butter on each and sprinkle the Demerara sugar on top.
- Ask an adult to place the dish in the oven for 20 minutes or until the apples are cooked.
Equipment and tools
To make baked apples you will need the following equipment and tools:
- Small, sharp knife
This baked apple recipe contains the following allergens:
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply place the baked apples in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes or until warmed through.
Health Benefits of Baked Apples
Not only are baked apples delicious and comforting, but they also provide several health benefits. From providing essential vitamins and minerals to promoting good digestion, here are some reasons why you should include baked apples in your diet:
Rich in fiber
Eating baked apples can contribute to your daily fiber intake. Apples are a great source of fiber, which is essential for a healthy digestive system. Fiber helps regulate bowel movements and prevent constipation.
Vitamins and antioxidants
Baked apples contain vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E. These vitamins act as antioxidants and help protect the body from harmful free radicals. Antioxidants are also known for their potential to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Good for weight management
Baked apples can be a smart choice for those watching their weight. Apples are low in calories and high in fiber, making them a filling and filling snack. Including baked apples in your diet can help prevent overeating and support your weight control goals.
The sultanas and cinnamon used in this recipe provide additional health benefits. Cinnamon is associated with lowering cholesterol and regulating blood sugar levels. Like other dried fruits, sultanas contain fiber and various nutrients that promote heart health.
Hydration and nutrients
Apples have a high water content, which can help with hydration. Adequate hydration is critical to overall health and helps maintain healthy skin, digestion, and nutrient transport throughout the body. Baked apples also provide beneficial nutrients like potassium, which supports heart health and helps maintain appropriate blood pressure.
Because of these numerous health benefits, incorporating baked apples into your diet is a delicious and nutritious option. Whether as a snack or dessert, you can enjoy this treat knowing that it offers both taste and well-being.