I have never cared for the skin on apples so usually peel them when I eat them. It seems that one can never know when the skin will be nice and tender or tough.
Baked apples are usually baked in their skins. Many years ago I had a recipe called Crystal Apples in which the apples were peeled before baking. I lost the recipe so have not made them in forever. Recently I decided to recreate the recipe as best I could but add cinnamon red hot candies to the cavity of the apple. This is not so much a recipe as a method, I guess.
A good baking apple is needed: some choices are Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Jonathan, Jonagold, Cortland, Granny Smith, Winesap, Rome Beauty, Gala and Honeycrisp. The apple variety available will depend on where you live. I used Honeycrisp. These all hold their shape well when baked.
I did bake mine a little too long and had my apple collapse. Of course, that only affects the look of the apple, not the flavor.
Red Hot Baked Apple
Your choice of baking apples, 1 large apple per person
Melted butter, about 1 T. for each apple
Sugar, about 2 T. for each apple
Cinnamon Red Hot Candies, 1 T. for each apple or enough to fill apple cavity
!/4 to 1/2 c. water
Peel and core the apples. With a pastry brush coat each apple with melted butter. Place sugar in a shallow pie pan or dish. Roll the apples in the sugar. Place apples in a baking pan. Spoon enough cinnamon red hot candies into the cavity of the apples to fill them. Pour enough water into the baking dish to just cover the bottom. Bake apples at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender. Carefully remove each apple to a dessert plate. Spoon sauce from apple cavity over the apple. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
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