day 5: baked apples with cinnamon whipped cream

I’m done with breads.
I’m done with kneading, punching, rising and waiting.
I need simplicity in my life today.

You too?

Good. Let’s make this super easy, uncomplicated, completely simple (and yet totally delicious and pretty) dessert.



Grab 4 apples. Or however many you want to make. Wash ’em off.


I used Fujis because it’s what I had. You could use pretty much any kind of apple (or pear, for that matter). But if you’re worried about what type to get, reference this handy little guide right here.


Core from the top, leaving the bottom of the apple intact. Place in a baking dish.


Now, put 1/4 cup of brown sugar in a bowl…


…and add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg…


…and about 1/3 cup chopped walnuts. Pecans would work nicely, too. Mix it on up.


Stuff the apples to the brim with the sugar/nut mixture.


Grab 1 tablespoon of butter…


…cut it into 4 pieces and place one piece on top of each apple.


Finally, pour in about 3/4-1 cup of hot water into the bottom of the pan. It’ll keep those apples nice and moist and deeelicious.

Bake at 375° for 30-40 minutes, or until the apples are tender but not soft. They should keep their shape.


While those little buggers are in the oven, let’s whip up some cream people. Pour one cup heavy whipping cream in the bowl of a standing mixer…


…and whip until soft peaks begin to form.


Once the cream is close to ready, add one teaspoon of vanilla extract, sugar to taste (I use about 2 tablespoons per 1 cup of whipping cream, but I like mine on the less-sweet side), and a few dashes of cinnamon.


Give it a taste just to make sure it’s not poisonous.


Once the apples are ready, pull ’em out of the oven and let them sit for a few minutes.


Oh boy.


When you’re ready to serve, top with a dollop of that gorgeous whipped cream. I like to slice the apples in half to showcase the purdy nuttiness going on in the core. But you do whatever makes you feel good.


The best part about this dessert? It’s super impressive for guests. They each get their own personal apple.


Plus, your house will smell divine. And if you’re busy cooking dinner, you could totally make these ahead of time and pop ’em in the oven while you’re eating.


Oh they taste soooo durn good. The apple remains crunchy but soft enough to cut with a fork. The nuts get all nice and caramelized, the butter makes it rich, and the cinnamon whipped cream lends it a little bit of heaven. Delish.

Happy 5th Day of Bakemas!


Baked Apples with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Serves 4

For the Apples:

  • 4 apples, washed and dried
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter, quartered
  • 3/4-1 cup hot water

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 dashes cinnamon
  • sugar to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375. Core the apples from the top, leaving the bottom intact. Place in a baking dish.

2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well. Spoon the mixture into the cored apples. Top each apple with a piece of butter. Pour the hot water into the bottom of the baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes.

3. Whip cream until soft peaks begin to form. Slowly add sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Spoon over baked apples.


  1. katherine shauger says:

    rainyday gal…..I’m Katherine here in rainy day Portland. My daughter in Las Vegas, told me about your recipes & saying how gorgeous your illustrations are. I agree totally. You have great way of presenting w/your conversation & excellent photography. Are you going to do a book, I totally think you should do a small paperback for mom’s & grandmas for today’s cooking in Pac No West.

    I am a sunny California girl & been in Portland 12 years. My sister-in-law & I are going to Seattle next mo, my 1st time. Any suggestions for 2-3 neat things to see. Any nice tea rooms up there or neat little restaurants or my fav auth Mexican. Love upscale consignment stores. I sew & do home dec type of crafting. Been retired few years

    I am a very active grandma in Portland exercising & cooking (somewhat) healthy. Your baked apples I’m doing tonight. Hope to hear from you, but know you may have thousands of fans.

    Katherine in South East Portland….please no rain, it’s summer right!

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