prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 25 minutes
cleanup time: 5 minutes
time spent procrastibaking: 45 minutes.
hi procrastibakers! it’s been a lovely stay with my family in new york, but by this time tomorrow i should be safely back in the original procrastibake kitchen in good ol’ boston. do i have anything packed yet? is my laundry done? is it sorted? in the machine? no, no, and no, dear procrastibakers, and it’s because i’ve instead opted to pay tribute to my home– the big apple– with some baked banana apples. priorities, people.
baked apples are arguably more of a fall or winter dessert, but i try to never let the seasons dictate my deliciousness. almost ridiculously simple to make, there’s a lot of wiggle room in this recipe, which allows for more creativity. today, we’re using fun ingredients like bananas and maple syrup to give our baked apples unparalleled levels of taste and excitement. let’s go!
- small saucepan
- brownie pan
- a sharp knife and apple peeler (optional)
- 5-6 medium apples (i think mine are red delicious)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons butter
- liberal amounts of cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons water
step one. preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. in your brownie pan, pour the 4 tablespoons of water– this will help keep the apples from drying out.
step two. add the bananas, maple syrup, butter, and cinnamon to your saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. you want your bananas to be broken up into small pieces– alternatively, you could slice them thinly, but it’s kind of nice to have detectable bits of banana in the finished product. keep stirring this mixture until the bananas are extremely mushy and the syrup has thickened– though don’t let it burn!
step three. while the banana mix is on the stove, core your apples. i’m sure there’s a fancy way to do it– but i simply took a sharp knife and cut a square around the stem. then using a spoon, i scooped out the core until i got to the bottom of the apple– try to keep your apples intact; don’t pierce the bottoms!
step four. around each of the apples, remove a ring of the peel. this will keep your apples from bursting in the oven. i was using a peeler much too big for this exercise, so that gave mine this funky charlie-brown look, but as long as they don’t burst in the oven, it doesn’t matter.
step five. once your apples are ready, place them evenly spaced in your brownie pan (with water on the bottom). fill each apple with the banana mix so they’re full, but not overflowing. place the pan in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the apples are soft and the banana mix is caramelized.
these apples are great right out of the oven– try adding a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream to make them out of this world! also delish with nuts, like pecans or walnuts 🙂