This is the perfect Fall treat: soft baked apples with a crispy chewy streusel topping. The apples are peeled, halved and baked in the oven in a bath of spiced apple cider until tender. Then they're stuffed with a butter, honey, oat streusel and baked again until the topping is crisp. Serve these warm or at room temperature, and definitely over ice cream. This is a dessert recipe you’ll return to year after year.
Some notes about the recipe...
Check the apples after 20- 30 minutes to make sure they don't overcook. I've never needed the full hour, and it's better to err on the side of slightly firm since they'll go in the oven for another 20 minutes with the streusel topping.
beware of this streusel! It's unreal how good it is. I always have extra when I make this, but the streusel is so good I save it for other fruit (and to elevate my morning yogurt). If you don't want extra, I recommend halving the streusel recipe.
baked apples with oat streusel
serves 10- 12 | recipe slightly adapted from huckleberry: stories, secrets, and recipes from our kitchen, by zoe nathan
*any apple variety can work, other than Fuji which is too sweet. Just make sure to check the apples halfway through as baking times will vary quite a bit depending on the variety of apple.
8 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp brown sugar
6 apples, peeled, halved and cored (see note above*)
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
3 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cups apple juice
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine butter, vanilla, whole wheat flour, oats, salt, honey and brown sugar with your fingers until well mixed and homogenous. Refrigerate until needed.
Pour apple juice in a 9 1/2" x 13 1/2" baking dish. Toss apples with melted butter, sugars, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl, then place cut side up in baking dish and cover with foil.
Bake until the apples are soft but not falling apart, about 30 minutes. Check halfway through to see how they're cooking, some apple varieties may cook in 20 minutes while others may need up to an hour. When soft but not mushy, remove the foil and carefully top the apples with the streusel.
Raise the oven to 425°F and bake apples about 20 more minutes, or until the topping is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature, and definitely with vanilla ice cream.
the apples can be kept up to 3 days in the refrigerator