If autumn were personified and tasked with choosing a fruit mascot, the apple would surely be the winning candidate, right?
Is there anything better than an autumn apple orchard visit, or the smell of apples and cinnamon wafting through the house on an autumn day? The answer is simple: Eating a baked apple with candied walnuts is also pretty great.
Not only do baked apples smell and taste great, but baked apples are not a terribly sinful dessert.
List of Ingredients
4 large Golden Delicious apples (one apple per person)
Butter (room temperature) – enough to spread onto each skinless side of every apple slice
Organic cane sugar granules – enough to sprinkle onto each skinless side of every apple slice
*Ceylon cinnamon in powder form – enough to sprinkle onto each skinless side of every apple slice
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 tbsp. butter
¼ cup organic cane sugar granules
Baked Apple Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Core and slice each apple using an apple corer slicer. Place apple slices, from one apple, on a sheet of aluminum foil. Gather foil around the bottom of the slices to keep the slices upright and in the rough shape of a whole apple. Spread butter onto skinless sides of each apple slice. Sprinkle organic cane sugar granules onto the buttered apple slices. Sprinkle Ceylon Cinnamon onto the buttered and sugared apple slices. Firmly place apple slices back into the shape of a whole apple. Pull the foil up and over the entire apple. Follow this procedure for each apple being prepared. Place wrapped apple(s) on a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet into preheated oven. Cook apples for 30 to 45 minutes. While apples are baking, prepare candied walnuts.
Candied Walnut Directions
Place walnuts into a Ziploc bag, and seal the bag. Use a rolling pin to gently pound walnuts into smaller pieces. Place walnuts, butter, and organic cane sugar granules in sauce pan. Cook for five minutes on medium heat. Important Note: Continually stir walnuts, butter, and sugar granules to make sure that walnuts do not burn. Place hot, coated walnuts on a sprayed (Pam) cookie sheet, and quickly separate walnut pieces before they begin to harden. Allow separated walnut pieces to cool and fully harden. Plate baked apple slices, and arrange candied walnuts on top of apple slices. Apply your topping of choice, and enjoy!
Protect Your Health Notes
In an Organic Lifestyle magazine article, titled “Cinnamon – Ceylon Vs. Cassia, Health Benefits, and Other Interesting Facts,” Michael Edwards explores multiple facets of the recent ‘Ceylon verses Cassia Cinnamon’ debate.
Synopsis: Coumarin is a chemical that acts as a blood thinner and is toxic to the liver in high doses. Both Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon varieties contain coumarin. Ceylon cinnamon, however, contains less coumarin than the Cassia cinnamon varieties. For this reason, many (not all) people feel that Ceylon cinnamon is a healthier choice.
Although the Baked Apples with Candied Walnuts recipe uses sugar, I tried to limit the amount of sugar added by lightly sprinkling organic cane sugar granules onto the skinless sides of each apple slice, and by limiting the amount of candied walnuts added to each serving.
Closing Comments and Well Wishes
My overall mission for this blog is to create a conduit for discovery. Discovery begins when we exchange ideas and information. Through discovery, we learn how to better protect ourselves and the world around us.
Many of my food posts will be written to emphasize the importance of protecting health, through informed dietary choices.
I sincerely hope you enjoy cooking and eating this delicious, autumn-inspired dessert!
Eat well, and be well, friends.
Edwards, Michael. “Cinnamon – Ceylon Vs. Cassia, Health Benefits, and Other Interesting Facts.” Organic Lifestyle Magazine. 30 March 2015. http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/cinnamon-ceylon-vs-cassia-health-benefits-and-other-interesting-facts