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Course: Sweets
Keyword: Baked Apples, Baking, Brunch, Desserts, Fall, Fruit, Holidays, Thanksgiving

Baked Apples

Three streusel-topped baked apples in a white pie dish.
ACTIVE TIME: 35 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Whole baked apples overflowing with a sweet, crisp cinnamon-oatmeal streusel.
Hot from the oven, they make a great dessert, especially with a bit of sweetened cream. But when you consider the ingredients, it’s clear that this is a dish best served at breakfast.
Oh, and that crumbly topping? It's called a streusel and it’s one of the most powerful multitaskers in the dessert universe. It can be baked on top of just about anything. I always make extra and freeze it in an old yogurt container so that I always have it on hand…until I use it up.
This recipe first appeared in Season 2 of Good Eats.
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  • 71 grams rolled oats, not instant
  • 113 grams all purpose flour
  • 142 grams packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced and chilled
  • 4 Braeburn apples, Fuji will do in a pinch
  • Honey, Tupelo would be my choice

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  • Digital kitchen scale
Three streusel-topped baked apples in a white pie dish.
ACTIVE TIME: 35 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Procedure

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl along with the diced butter. Rub the mixture briskly between your fingertips until a loose sandy mixture forms with occasional moist clumps. Refrigerate this mixture while preparing the apples to keep the butter firm.
  • Cut a small slice off the bottom of each apple to create a flat, stable surface. With a paring knife, cut a cylindrical cone out of the top of the apple, moving about 1 inch outside of the core, similar to removing the top of a pumpkin when carving a jack-o'-lantern. Remove the top and discard.
  • Using a melon baller or a teaspoon, remove the remaining core and seeds, taking care not to puncture the base of the apple.
  • Place apples on a baking sheet or pie dish and fill, almost to the top, with honey. Spoon in oat mixture until full, then pack it down lightly. Add additional mixture until heaped and overflowing over sides of the apples.
  • Bake on the top or middle rack of the oven until the oat filling is golden brown, about 40 minutes. To check if apples are done, take tongs and squeeze the apples gently. If they give, they are done. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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