Baked Apples with Cheddar.
Apples stuffed with walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and Vermont sharp cheddar. A sweet, savory and satisfying dessert for fall. And a great way to use up all those apples you’ve picked at your local orchard.
Apples + Cheddar, not many things are better!
Apples plus cheddar, during apple season in New England, is often a meal in itself. In fact, it’s one of my favorite meals (or snacks) during harvest season. The pairing is just so perfect – sweet and crunchy paired with savory and creamy. Then, in the case of these apples, we take that combo up a notch. Just add in some crunchy toasted walnuts, sweet raisins and warming cinnamon – resulting in the most perfect little dessert (or snack).
Walnuts are typically my go-to choice for baking and they work really nicely in these apples. I love their rich flavor, satisfying qualities and brain health and heart health promoting omega 3’s. Walnuts also provide protein (4 grams) and fiber (2 grams) per 1 oz serving.
These Baked Apples with Cheddar are a perfectly portioned treat that the whole family can enjoy.
If the addition of cheddar scares you, try it anyway, promise you will love it. The cheddar adds a saltiness, creaminess and savoriness to these baked apples and cuts through the sweetness. Adrian was hesitant to try these with the cheddar, but it ended up being his favorite part of the apple.
These baked apples will have your house smell like cinnamony goodness. Trust me, they taste just as good as they smell.
To make these baked apples with cheddar, you’ll:
- hollow out the center and seeds with an apple corer (or a spoon)
- stuff them with a mixture of chopped walnuts, raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon
- top each apple with a slice of cheddar (we use Cabot, our favorite)
- pop into the oven for 25 minutes until just tender
Here’s how to make this simple fall dessert – Baked Apples with Cheddar:
Baked Apples with Cheddar
- 5 apples (we used Honeycrisp and Cortland, but you can use any good baking apple)
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup raisins regular or golden
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese sliced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wash and core apples. Using a spoon or melon baller, hollow out the center of each apple a bit more to make room for the filling. Nest the apples snuggly into a 6-inch cast-iron skillet.
- Combine walnuts, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stuff the apples with the walnut mixture and crumble the rest atop the apples. Don’t worry if some of the crumble falls onto the skillet – you’ll just spoon that out after cooking. Top each apple with a slice of cheddar.
- Bake apples for 25 minutes or until apples are just tender. We like ours a bit crisp, so if you prefer yours more tender, bake for longer. Remove from the oven and enjoy.
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This baked apple recipe was originally posted on October 21st, 2015, but has been updated with new photos.