Baked Apples

Baked Apples

I created this easy Baked Apples recipe with a handful of incredibly aromatic ingredients. Stuffed with lemon rind, vanilla bean, dried fruit, and a dash of lemon juice this classic dessert is super healthy, yet incredibly decadent. I love making this as a shortcut to apple pie. To me, autumn isn’t complete without this simple and sweet warm comfort food.

This recipe was originally published on Elan’s Pantry.

Child-Friendly Baked Apples Recipe

Since he was 5 or 6, my older son and I have enjoyed making these Baked Apples. It’s our favorite fall ritual. By the time he was 8 or 9 years old, he began to make these while I was busy beside him with other cooking projects. He’s very self-directed in the kitchen.

It’s so easy for kids to core a couple of apples, stuff them with yummy ingredients, and then hand them over to Mom to place in the oven. Here’s my recipe, you’ll have to wait until my son starts blogging to get his.

Baked Apples: Serves 4


  • 4 medium apples, cored
  • 4 thin strips lemon rind
  • ½ cup dried currants or dried cherries
  • 1 whole vanilla bean, cut into 4 pieces
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ cup lemon juice


  • Place apples in a baking dish with glass lid
  • Stuff with lemon rind, currants, vanilla bean, and cinnamon sticks
  • Drizzle with lemon juice
  • Scatter remaining currants around apples
  • Bake covered at 350°F for 60 to 75 minutes
  • Serve

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