Apples are probably one of my all-time favorite fruits because they are available year round. Then in the Fall here in Michigan we get the specialty apples that appear only once a year, such as Northern Spy (Gene’s favorite apple pie) and Cortland (my grandma’s applesauce).
This past year I made some banana bread with roasted bananas, go here for the recipe. It was the best banana bread I have ever made. The bananas added moisture and some terrific flavor. So, when I saw this idea about roasting apples I knew they would be delicious cooked this way as well.
So, along with a pork tenderloin (search pork tenderloin and you will find many recipes) on the grill and my black beans this applesauce rounded out last night’s dinner beautifully. If you want to do something different with apples give this recipe a try!
This recipe comes from Food 52 Genius Recipes – I guess you could say this dish is a bit of genius!
- 4 lbs. of apples such as Golden Delicious, Galas (what I used) , Braeburns, Honeycrisp or any apple of your choice
- sugar as needed (I used just a sprinkling)
- unsalted butter (optional)
- cinnamon or any other spices if desired
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Peel, core and quarter the apples. Toss with a little bit of sugar if they are not very sweet. Spread in a shallow baking dish that crowds the apples in a single layer. I used a 9 x 11-inch dish. Dot with small pieces of butter, cover tightly with foil and bake until the apples are soft, 15 to 30 minutes. I cooked my Galas for 40 minutes, it depends on the type of apple you are using.
Uncover, raise the heat to 500°F and return the pan to the oven. Let the apples dry out and color slightly, about 10 minutes, maybe longer.
Once the apples have become golden and the fruit is very tender, scrape them into a bowl and stir into a chunky “mash”. If desired you could add a splash of apple cider vinegar to brighten the flavor. Dust with cinnamon and serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe by cooking with aunt juju https://cookingwithauntjuju.com/2015/09/07/roasted-applesauce/