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Maple Baked Gluten Free Apple Dessert

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Updated September 19, 2016.

Need a gluten free apple lusciousness dessert recipe?  Old-time favorite baked apples are scrumptious any time of the year.

In this gluten free apple dessert recipe, rich New England maple syrup collides with flavorful Pacific Northwest apples to create an irresistibly delectable treat.

Use crisp apples, such as Braeburn or Jonagold.  Our favorite apple for dessert-making is the old fashioned variety, Gravenstein; full apple flavor, not too sweet and not too tart, with just the right apple texture.

Even better, this recipe is quick and easy to put together, a great spur-of-the-moment dessert, elegant enough to serve well-loved, yet unexpected guests.

Can you taste it yet?

Imagine . . .

. . . the comforting aroma of cinnamon spice and maple assails your nostrils when you step through the door at the end of a stormy day.  You smile languidly as fond reminisces of a good times, come to mind.

Your mouth waters as you breathe in deep, and then sigh contently.  There’s something about the fragrance of baking apples you can’t quite put your finger on; goodness, wholesomeness, and the feeling that all is right with the world.

The spicy scent of maple baked apples wafting through the house brings the family together.  Warm gooey goodness spikes more memories and delightful conversation.

The first mouthwatering baked apple half only whets your appetite for more.  The second half is a glorious slice of heaven.

Make it fancy by serving Maple Baked Gluten Free Apple Dessert alamode with French vanilla ice cream.

Add a gourmet touch by artfully topping each baked apple half with freshly whipped cream and toasted walnuts, pecans or almonds.

Kick it up a notch by replacing the cinnamon with apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice.

Mm-mm. . . .

. . . it tastes sooooo good!


Maple Baked Gluten Free Apple Dessert

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Time:  40 minutes

Servings:  2 baked apple halves

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons, heaping, dark brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons cold butter
  • 16 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash each apple and slice in half.
  3. With a melon baller or similar kitchen tool, pare out the core.
  4. Place the apple halves in ungreased cake or pie tins.
  5. Top each apple with 1 heaping tablespoon dark brown sugar.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon cold butter.
  7. Pour over each apple half 2 teaspoons maple syrup, or to taste.
  8. Sprinkle the tops with ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste (we love lots of cinnamon).
  9. Cover tins with foil.
  10. Bake 45 to 60 minutes, until apple halves are a little puffy and fork tender.
  11. If using softer apples, for example, Gala or Golden Delicious, bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
  12. Serve hot, fresh from the oven.
  13. Maple Baked Apples are also wonderfully delicious served cold.

Variations

Cranberry Nut Baked Apples

  1. Fill apples with chopped nuts of your choice.
  2. Top each apple with 2 heaping tablespoons of Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon. cold butter.
  4. Sprinkle the tops with ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste (we love lots of cinnamon).
  5. Bake as directed in key recipe.


Microwave Magic

  1. Wash each apple and slice in half.
  2. With a melon baller or similar kitchen tool, pare out the core.
  3. Arrange apples in a 9 x 2 inch round or square microwave save baking dish.
  4. Place the apple halves in ungreased cake or pie tins.
  5. Top each apple with 1 heaping tablespoon dark brown sugar.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon cold butter.
  7. Pour over each apple half 2 teaspoon maple syrup, or to taste.
  8. Sprinkle the tops with ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste (we love lots of cinnamon).
  9. Cover with plastic wrap.
  10. Cook in microwave oven on full power for 3 to 4 minutes, or until apples are fork tender.
  11. Let apples stand, covered, for a few minutes more before serving.


Mincemeat Baked Apples

  1. Top each apple with 2 heaping tablespoons of prepared mincemeat.
  2. Add 1 tablespoons cold butter.
  3. Pour over each apple half 2 teaspoons maple syrup, or to taste.
  4. Sprinkle the tops with ¼ teaspoons cinnamon, or to taste (we love lots of cinnamon).
  5. Bake as directed in key recipe.


Raisin Nut Baked Apples

  1. Fill apples with raisins and chopped nuts of your choice.
  2. Top each apple with 1 heaping tablespoon dark brown sugar.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon cold butter.
  4. Pour over each apple half 2 teaspoons maple syrup, or to taste.
  5. Sprinkle the tops with ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste (we love lots of cinnamon).
  6. Bake as directed in key recipe.


Slow Cookery

  1. Wash each apple and slice in half.
  2. With a melon baller or similar kitchen tool, pare out the core.
  3. Place apples in bottom of slow cooker.
  4. Top each apple as directed in key recipe.
  5. Add 1/2 cup water to bottom of slow cooker.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.



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