As we bid adieu to summer weather and move into the crisper days of Fall, Ottawa families head to the orchards and pick their own apples. Everyone I know has their favourite orchard and type of apple and special traditions for their annual outing with the family. We like to go to Mountain Orchards and pick McIntosh or Honey Crisps. We always do the corn maze, and buy fresh apple cider to wash down all the apple treats we will bake when we get home. As soon as we get home, I immediately get baking apple pies, apple crumble, apple muffins and apple cake. Inevitably, after a week or two of all the apple desserts, I am left with a lot of apples and am fresh out of recipe ideas.
When I was a girl, I went to Girl Guides, and we always went camping in the Fall. I can still remember my favourite thing to make in the campfire – baked apples! They were so good, a little tart, a little sweet, making me think of my mom’s apple pie but without all the work. Now I make them for the kids, either on the barbecue or in the oven. It is still one of my favourite Fall treats!
- 2-3 apples, any kind
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- Caramel sauce, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Wash the apples.
- Leave the peel on, cut into quarters, remove the core.
- Put the apples on a big piece of aluminum foil.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon on top.
- Break the butter into pieces and distribute over the apples.
- Wrap the aluminum foil around the apples tightly, to create a packet.
- Place on a baking sheet.
- Cook for 30 minutes until apples are soft.
- Remove from aluminum and serve.
- Drizzle caramel sauce on top if using.