Baked Apple Slices
This easy dessert dish doubles as a decadent side. Apple slices are coated in brown sugar and baked with butter until beautifully caramelized on the outside. The inside texture is pleasantly soft, but not mushy. Use of walnuts optional but recommended for the dessert version.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 4 portions
- 5 apples, large, such as Gala, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 stick butter
- 5 tbsp brown sugar plus extra to sprinkle on top
- 2 tsp cinnamon (add another one if you really like cinnamon)
- 2 tbsp corn starch or arrowroot starch (to thicken cooking liquid)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin ale OR apple cider OR apple juice
- 1/2 cup walnuts (or other nuts, optional)
Turn the oven on to 350 F.
In a large bowl combine the sliced apples, the brown sugar, cinnamon, corn starch and walnuts (if using). Add the pumpkin ale (or liquid of choice) and toss very well to combine and coat the apple slices.
Place a piece of butter at the bottom of individual baking dishes or dot a large baking dish with butter pieces. Add the apples and pour over all the resulting liquid from the previous step.
Sprinkle brown sugar on top and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until apples are soft when pierced with a fork. Bake uncovered. After 15 minutes it is a good idea to stir and turn around the apple slices, then continue to bake. As a final touch consider broiling for a couple of minutes right before you take the apples from the oven. The thinner you slice the apples, the faster they will cook. We recommend half an inch thick slices as the perfect size. See post for choice of apples, make ahead tips, topping ideas and savory twist tips. This recipe yields 4 generous dessert portions or 6 smaller portions. If you make it as a side dish in combination with other sides you can serve up to 6 people.