It’s officially time to put away those flip flops and pull out that long-forgotten stash of woolen socks. Wednesday, September 22nd marks the first day of fall. Technically declared the autumnal equinox, or first day of fall is a day of equality between darkness and light. With the sun positioned almost directly over the equator, the length of daylight and darkness from pole to pole is approximately the same on the first day of fall.
With all of the scientific specifics out of the way, it’s time to celebrate this transition from one season into the next. There’s not a nicer, or simpler way to do it than with these easy baked apples. Serve them as a side dish to a meal of pork tenderloin, or offer them as dessert to your favorite friends. These warm, cinnamon scented treats are the finest way to celebrate the final summer harvest while enjoying the very best flavors of fall.
Easy Autumn Baked Apples
4 apples (recommended: Fuji or McIntosh)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup chopped pecans or almonds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup maple syrup
Slice the top of each apple off, then hollow the center of the apples out with a paring knife. Brush lemon juice across the top of the apples to keep them from turning brown. Place the apples in a baking dish.
In a large bowl, combine flour, butter, sugar, oats, pecans, and cinnamon. Use a fork to combine until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Spoon the mixture generously into each apple. Drizzle each with maple syrup.
Place about 1/4 inch of water into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until the crumble on top of the apples is golden brown, and the apples are soft.
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if serving for dessert.