Fresh apples baked to perfection and topped with sweet toppings are the stars of the show with our Hasselback apples.
Prep Time15 minutesmins
Cook Time35 minutesmins
Total Time50 minutesmins
Keyword: Hasselback Apples Recipe
2large firm apples (your choice, see note) peeled, halved and cored
5tablespoonslight brown sugar,divided in half
4tablespoonssalted sweet cream butter,melted and divided in half
1teaspoonground cinnamon,divided in half
vanilla ice cream,optional topping
caramel sundae topping,optional topping
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Generously spray an 8x8-inch baking dish. Set it aside.
Using a cutting board and a sharp knife, place the halved apple cored side down. Starting on the outside of the apple, carefully cut slits almost, but not completely, through the apple. Space the slices ⅛ inches down the apple. Repeat for the remaining apple halves.
Place the slitted apple halves, cored side down, into the prepared baking dish.
Using a small mixing bowl, combine 2½ tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Using a pastry brush, brush the sugar mixture evenly over the 4 apple halves.
Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove the baking dish from the oven, and allow the covered baking dish to rest for 5 minutes.
Using a small mixing bowl, combine the remaining brown sugar, melted butter, and ground cinnamon. Add the pecans and flour. Mix until smooth.
Remove the foil from the baking dish. Using 2 forks, carefully fan out the slices in the apple.
Spoon the pecan mixture over the halved apples.
Return the uncovered baking dish to the oven, and bake for a further 15 minutes.
Remove the baking dish from the oven, and allow the apples to rest for 5 minutes. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sundae topping.
Make sure you choose firm apples such as Honeycrisp or Pink Lady. Granny Smith also works if you are looking for a slightly tart flavor. Don’t pick soft apples such as Cortland or Empire as they will turn to mush and not fan properly during baking.
To easily remove the seeds and core from the halves of the apple, a melon baller is a great tool to scoop out the core.
When making the slits in the apples, to help keep the knife from going through, you can lay chopsticks at the top and the bottom of the apple.