Baked Apples

Baked Apples
Photo by Mikkel Vang / Styling by John Bjostad

Courtesy of The Cast Iron Baking Book by Dominique DeVito (Cider Mill Press, 2016)

Looking for something creative to do with your bounty after a fall apple-picking excursion? With this simple recipe using only three ingredients you may already have in your pantry, these baked apples work well as both an appetizer and a dessert.

  • 4 apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel apples, leaving ring of skin on bottom where apple will stand in skillet. Remove as much of core as possible, without cutting the apple in half.

Warm oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter, then add apples and ½ cup water from center to distribute evenly around apples. Drizzle apples with maple syrup.

Place skillet in oven. Cook 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Drizzle with additional maple syrup, if desired. Serves 4.

Published on July 27, 2016
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Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email:

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