The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” still rings true today. Apples are an easy way to add fiber and antioxidants to your diet and are arguably one of the top healthiest foods. While apples make a great snack, eaten out of hand, there is nothing quite as delicious as an apple transformed into a dessert: apple pie, apple cake, apple strudel, and apple crisp are just a few options. Regular consumption of these sugar-laced apple desserts, however, will certainly not keep the doctor away.
This simple and healthy apple dessert strips away the fat and sugar excess in traditional apple treats and allows the virtuous apple and apple pie spices to take center stage. This is a great treat to make on cool nights when you need something a little sweet and warming. Serve these apples on their own or with a dollop of crème fraîche to enjoy the essence of your favorite apple dessert without the damaging calories.
Baked Apple Slices with Apple Pie Spices
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
- Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease a baking dish with butter or a neutral-flavored oil such as grape-seed or canola.
- Core apple and slice into quarters. Slice each quarter into quarters, yielding 16 apple slices of about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide each.
- Combine spices in a small bowl. Leftover spice mix will store, covered, for several weeks.
- Arrange apples slices in a single layer in baking dish. Dust apple slices with 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of apple pie spices. Add 1/2 teaspoon of water to pan, and if desired, add a sprinkle of salt.
- Cover dish with foil and bake apples for about 30 to 40 minutes, depending on how firm/soft you want the slices.
- Baked Pear Slices with Apple Pie Spices. Depending on the ripeness of your pears, your cooking time might be closer to 20 minutes.
- Savory Baked Apples with Apple Pie Spices. Savory cooked apple slices are delicious with roasted meats and surprisingly good with vanilla ice cream. Tuck a few sage leaves in with the apples prior to baking instead of the spices and remove the leaves before serving. Finish the cooked apples with a few grains of fleur de sel for an extra-special touch.
- Baked Apples with Unusual Spices. Play with spice and herb variations to appeal to your personal taste palate. For example, use cardamom in lieu of the cinnamon for a more Scandinavian slant.
Do not fret if you are missing one or even a few of the spices in the recipe. Omit any spices you do not have in your pantry. In fact, these apples slices are delicious baked with just a single spice or herb.
Cinnamon has been linked with some amazing healing properties: cancer prevention (specifically lymphoma and breast cancer), lowering cholesterol, blood-sugar regulation, prevention of yeast infections, arthritis reliever, and overall antibacterial.
For more health information check out the Yoffie Life Food Encyclopedia page on apples.
While the apple pie spices evoke dessert, any leftover apples are delicious folded into your morning oatmeal or yogurt.