Okay let’s just get this out of the way. The apples I used for this recipe turned out really ugly looking for pictures…haha! Someday I will choose cuter apples and update this post with better photographs, but I didn’t want to keep this recipe from you in the meantime because, ugly or not, these baked apples tasted (and smelled) amazing!
Baked apples appear in The Chronicles of Narnia a couple times. Once in Prince Caspian when the Pevensie children find themselves in Narnia with no supplies. They find an apple orchard, and so for a few days, all they have to eat are apples. To give some variety, they try roasting the apples on sticks. In the Silver Chair, the dwarfs serve an elaborate breakfast including baked apples, which probably tasted better than the ones the Pevensies roasted on sticks.
The official Narnia cookbook has a recipe for baked apples, but the apples in this recipe are stuffed with raisins, and I hate cooked raisins! So I searched online for a baked apple recipe without raisins and found this great recipe that uses oats. I know they have oats in Narnia, because several times we see the characters eating oat cakes and oat porridge. So this could still be a totally authentic Narnian recipe.
Baked Apples – The Chronicles of Narnia
- 4 apples (the sweeter, the better!)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp. butter, divided
- 3/4 cup water
- Cut out the core of the apples, leaving the bottom of the apple in tact. This works best with an apple corer or a melon baller, but I just used a regular spoon and it worked fine.
- Mix together the brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl.
- Stuff the apples with the sugar/oat mixture
- Place the stuffed apples in a deep baking dish, and place 1/4 Tbsp. of butter on top of each one.
- Pour the water into the bottom of the dish. This should caramelize with the melted brown sugar to make a sauce.
- Cover the apples with foil and bake them for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F.
- Remove the foil, and cook the apples for 30 minutes more.
These baked apples taste great on their own, but they’re also perfect for pairing with ice cream or whipped cream. They make the house smell like Thanksgiving!
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