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Baked Apples Filled with Fruits and Nuts are Dorie Greenspan’s version of this classic fall dessert. Stuffed with dried fruit, nuts and honey, then basted with a mixture of cider and butter made for an elegant sweet treat.

Baked Apples with Fruits and Nuts

Baked Apples Filled with Fruits and Nuts

Would you believe we have another winner? Bill spotted a plate of  Baked Apples Filled with Fruits and Nuts in our refrigerator. “What’s that stuff in the middle?” he queried. Part of the usual interrogation when new dishes show up in our kitchen.

“Uh, fruit and nuts,” I responded, then quickly added, “but I’ll eat those for you.” Without even a pause, he agreed. “Not bad; pretty good,” was his review…a man of few words when he knows he could be quoted on my blog.

This makes an unprecedented 4 out of the last 4 French Fridays with Dorie recipes which have received his approval….but stay tuned. This trend will not continue…we have Moules Marinière coming up in our queue.

Baked Apples with Fruits and Nuts

Tips for Making Baked Apples

The most difficult part of this recipe was peeling and coring the apples. I used a melon baller, vegetable peeler and paring knife as my tools and prepped three honeycrisps and a granny smith apple.

Placed in a deep pie plate, I filled  these with a combination of honey, pecans, dried cherries and a pinch of cinnamon followed by a few dabs of butter. The poaching liquid consisted of apple cider, apple peels and a tad more butter. The apples were baked, with a few interruptions for basting,  till tender…times varying depending on the variety of apples.

This was a lovely, light dessert…perfect January fare. I served ours with a dollop of mascarpone topped with Best Boy ginger infused caramel. Ice cream or whipped cream would be other scrumptious accompaniments. And feel free to fill these with the dried fruit and nuts of your choice.

Baked Apples with Fruits and Nuts

Dorie’s recipe can be found here. And the baked apple recipe and more can be found in her cookbook, Around My French Table.

Note: I used Best Boy & Co. Ginger Infused Caramel to drizzle over my baked apples. All of their profits go to charitable causes.

Baked Apples Filled with Fruits and Nuts


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56 comments on “Baked Apples Filled with Fruits and Nuts #FrenchFridayswithDorie”

  1. WOW those baked apples are GORGEOUS! I’d have to make these just for the flavor and the experience because I think mine would look more like the Halloween version of “shrunken heads”! You are such a talented baker! I love baked apples. In a big way.

  2. Liz, these baked apples look amazing! I can’t believe they are also filled with fruits and nuts – I wish I could have a peek inside the apple! 😉 No wonder these were a hit with your husband!

  3. wow….such beautifully browned baked apples…stuffed with fruits and nuts…this is what we call a healthy,light and utterly delectable dessert,thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Would love to have one of those right now. Would make such a nice winter treat.

  5. Sounds like a nice light dessert:@)

  6. Well I am happy Bill liked them (though, wait, he just ate the apple part, not the rest?) but I think you are right that your “winning streak” might be coming to an end after next week’s soups! Glad you enjoyed these Liz! Happy weekend!

  7. Happy New Year to you, Liz! Hm. Baked apples reminds me of being home in Scotland. But your version here is aye posh with the top half decor of apple peel beautifully cut off! I remember ours in a baking dish, smelling divine with all the skins exploded. I must make these again. Long overdue so thanks for the memories of super warming puddings!

  8. The apples look exquisite, Liz. I eat so many apples in the winter…should bake some too! Thanks 🙂 ela

  9. The apples look great Liz and I’m glad Bill liked them but I kept looking for more about those brownies you said were on the counter!

  10. Such a beautiful baked apple with special filling,looks delicious 😉

  11. Omg, these are gorgeous! I was so intrigued when I saw the pictures (which are beautiful, by the way). I’d love to present these to guests at dessert time. They’d be such a crowd pleaser. 🙂

  12. Simply beautiful baked apples, Lizzy! These have been a hit in my house for a very long time…I knew my Bill would love them! Lovely photos!

  13. These look beautiful! I actually have bake apples on my blogging calendar for next week! Small world.

  14. Oh, I can’t wait to try them with yellow or green apples. Looks great!

  15. Bill liked this? That means Dudette probably will too, but she doesn’t do nuts so I’d have to eat the center of hers too. 🙂

  16. Ooh, once you get the apples prepped I bet these are divine! I’d love them with a scoop of ice cream 🙂

  17. Dear Lizzy, This is a perfect dessert; especially after the holidays.
    It is healthy and light and delicious!! Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  18. These baked apples sound incredible! I love the fruit and nut filling with butter and the poaching liquid alone makes this a winner:) Thanks for sharing Liz and Happy Friday!

  19. Who could possible not like moules mariniere? I’m crazy about those, just as much as about stuffed apples! Especially if there is custard and cream involved! These look glorious, Liz!

  20. These apples look fantastic. Love the idea of filling them with fruit and nuts. Would make such a great dessert!

  21. I’m imagining the aroma as these baked and drooling just a bit. What a delicious retro treat. Makes me think of my mom 🙂

  22. I think your side sounds tastier than the apples. Yum!

  23. Your apples look beautiful! I am loving the filling too. Glad was there was some left over!

  24. The apples look beautiful. Love the Ginger Infused Carmel . Sounds wonderful! Have a great weekend.

  25. Your apples look great, Lizzy. I’m impressed at your streak of Bill-approved recipes. Howard did not want this one. Sigh. The ginger caramel sauce looks like a winner too.

  26. My grandmother used to make these when we were kids and I loved them. Have the type of dishes you’re making changed or has Bill begun to take chances foodwise? 🙂

  27. I thought about using pecans I have some. I will try it now… wow, ginger carmel sauce that sounds fantastic with these apples.

  28. Ha! I knew Bill would like these! Eduardo didn’t care much for them. I left him one for breakfast and he only had a couple of bites. I’ll blame it on the mealy apple rather than the actual recipe.

  29. I think Mr. Sweets would love this too. I know I would!

  30. Oh my goodness this is a wintery warm dessert which would delight even Mr. Grinch. (Oh, right, we’ve passed Christmas!) Anyway, just gorgeous and yummy looking, Liz!

  31. This is so beautiful and elegant! I’ve always wanted to try this with apples.

  32. I was on a baked apple kick for weeks back in October but I haven’t made any since much to Marion’s dismay. I’ve never tried peeling them half way though. Very interesting…The skins would work well as an extra boost to the basting liquid. I’ll need to remember that. Sounds like you’re on a roll with Bill too:)

    Thanks for sharing, Liz…

    P.S. I shared a page of that book you saw on my blog, here…enjoy:)

  33. Your apples look delicious, I love the accompaniment of mascarpone and caramel!

  34. They look perfectly delicious and remind me of apple pie without the crust when I eat them.

  35. I love the photo with the pecans and mascarpone on the side. Perfect.

  36. I want to go and get apples just to make this fun little dessert. How clever. 🙂

  37. These baked apples are a stunner!

  38. I just knew that you would be the one Dorista with the perfect peeling job 🙂 I couldn’t peel a straight line to save my life.
    This must be a record in the Bill likes them lineup?

  39. I’ve to admit coring a fruit is tough. I tried to core a pear for my soup sometime back, but I gave up after finishing with one. Yours turned out beautifully! How many did you have to core?

  40. I grew up on baked apples. My mother used to make them as part of the Weight Watcher’s plan. Luckily we all really like them. I still enjoy them but my husband doesn’t like them, nor did my kids!

  41. Delectable.
    extravagant! WOWWWWWWWWW. xx

  42. Thank you for the full explanation regarding coring the apple. I used only a paring knife (I was in a bit of a hurry) and it got a bit messy. All kinds of “messy” can be covered up with dried fruits and nuts and honey. Yours look so pretty. Marscapone and the caramel with infused ginger sound intriquing for the topping. Very nice, Liz.

  43. Bill being a man of few words so he doesn’t get quoted here slays me! LOL

  44. I love baked stuffed apples and yours look divine!!!

  45. Oh my! What a wonderful sweet apple treat, Liz! My husband would be my slave if I bake this for him!

    Happy 2014!


  46. Yours turned out perfectly! I love the sound of that ginger caramel and with mascarpone, it sounds like a decadent treat.

  47. I am not surprised that you had these turn out both delicious AND so photogenic. You are really so talented Liz- they look amazing. Love the idea of that ginger caramel and the charitable side of it’s operations. I will check it out for sure ~

  48. The non-stop food questions drive me nuts sometimes. I refuse to answer if I think it will bias his opinion. The rule is he tries everything first, after he can have answers. At that point he most likely is already finished. Baked apples are so much fun. These look fancy with the center filling. A superb breakfast.

  49. LOL – 4 in a row! These apples were terrific, and I like tgat you experimented with different apples.

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