When you think of Fall, you think of apples! While apples are always readily available, it isn’t until there is a chill in the air that we actually start to crave any warm, comforting apple dishes. While the weather in LA hasn’t quite reached those chilly levels yet, we are getting excited about the prospect of warm apple crisps, apple cider, and apple pies. Nothing however, is as easy and hands off as making baked apples with caramel sauce! With a few ingredients that almost everyone always has in their pantry, you can prepare a dessert that is decadent enough for a dinner party, but still easy enough for a weeknight treat.
- 4 medium to large size apples (we prefer Pink Lady because they are crisp and just slightly tart)
- 2 Tbs cold, unsalted butter
- 3 Tbs brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Vanilla ice cream or Dulce de Leche ice cream
- Optional garnishes: chopped pecans, shaved chocolate, ground cinnamon
Heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Cut your apples in half, lengthwise as if you were cutting apple slices for your kids. Then using a melon baller or small spoon, scoop out the core of the apple and trim the top and bottom.
Turn each half on it’s side and slice off a small piece from the bottom so that the apple sits flat when the skin side is down. Place your apples, flesh side up in a large baking dish.
Place the butter, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a small bowl and combine with a fork until the mixture is a smooth paste. Using your melon baller or a small spoon, place about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each apple half. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until you can pierce the flesh of the apple easily with a fork.
Remove the apples from the oven and place each apple half on a plate or in a bowl. Place a dollop of ice cream on top of each apple and spoon the caramel drippings from the baking dish over the ice cream. You can also feel free to add chopped pecans, ground cinnamon or shaved chocolate, although the ice cream and caramel from the baking dish are incredibly decadent as is!
Ashley + Hallman