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An Apple a Day…

I grew up in a family that loved apples. I grew up eating McIntosh, Granny Smith, Empire, Cortland and even Russet apples.

My love for apples continues…it’s a quick healthy snack and apples can be turned into healthy desserts too. (keep reading)

Recently I became aware that the McIntosh Apple is celebrating it’s 200th anniversary in style!!

The Ontario Apple Growers will be hosting the  Winter Apple Ball! This event  is going to take place on Monday Feb 21 from 11 – 2 at the Westin Harbour Castle in the Metropolitan Ballroom.

For further info click on the link. All the info about this fabulous event will be there.

In honour of the McIntosh Apples’ birthday, I decided to make baked apples for dessert tonite.

I think my family is kinda tired of yoghurt and blueberies with sprinkled granola.

Here’s how simple the recipe is:


Apples (I used McIntosh but I’m sure this would work with other varieties. Infact other varieties might work better)

butter or margarine (a few tablespoons)

cup brown sugar (a few tablespoons)


pecans and walnuts (optional)

(sorry I didn’t measure…I grew up in a kitchen that didn’t measure anything. My mom is awesome though).


1. Core apples (simple..well kinda. LOL) I have a apple corer to assist with this step.

step #1

2. Mix the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon (nuts are optional)

Step #2

3. Stuff the apples with the mixture.

Step #3

4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes

VOILA…a dessert that barely took 5 minutes of preparation, required barely any ingredients and is YUMMY.

If you notice in the photos, there’s little bits of orange sticking out. A few years ago, I brought back from Israel, dried orange peel from an incredible store called Eden Teva. I’ve been storing it in my freezer and every once in a while I add it to a few dishes that I make for color and flavor.

Happy 200th Anniversary to the McIntosh Apple!!

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6 Responses to “An Apple a Day…”

  1. February 7th, 2011 at 15:24 | #1

    What a great idea! I will definitely be trying this. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Laura Greenberg
    February 7th, 2011 at 16:45 | #2

    Hi Vicky: I also grew up with macintosh apples. My Mom said that they were the only apples for cooking, baking and eating. I will try your recipe, it is a little different than mine. Keep up the good work.

  3. NJ
    February 8th, 2011 at 16:18 | #3

    Yum! I’m a big fan of baked apples, so perfect on chilly winter’s eve! I don’t use the nuts often enough, but I now I will – that looks so good. And the orange peel sounds awesome.

    My tips:
    1. Use a melon baller instead of a corer – that way you can keep the bottom of the apple intact and all the buttery, sugary goodness stays in the apple and doesn’t leak out.
    2. Pooling some chilled heavy cream around the hot apples in individual serving bowls is super-fast and really good.
    3. Use more cinnamon than you think, this dish can carry it, and if serving at a nice dinner then a shaving of nutmeg or a sprinkle of cardamom takes it up a notch!

    Thanks for posting this – love your blog 🙂

  4. February 8th, 2011 at 16:53 | #4

    Oh yum! Looks so good. And not that hard either. Must try.

  5. February 9th, 2011 at 12:13 | #5

    Looks yummy and I have ingredients so kiddies are getting something relatively healthy for dessert tonight : )

  6. February 11th, 2011 at 12:45 | #6

    mmm 🙂 I eat an apple a day in my oatmeal. Must try this for dessert too!

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