Apples are a fantastic treat. Not only are they delicious, they are extremely good for you. Any time of year is perfect for baking apples, and this recipe is ideal. They are hassleback baked apples and you will love them from the time you put them in the oven and the scent fills the house until the time you taste the deliciousness.
2 large firm apples, peeled, cored, and halved vertically
4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
2½ tablespoons butter, melted and divided
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1½ cups low-fat vanilla ice cream
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Starting at the outermost edges, cut most (but not all) of the way through each apple half at ?-inch intervals. Place apple halves, cut sides down, in an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon; brush mixture evenly over apple.
3. Cover pan with foil; bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Remove foil. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove pan from oven; cool 10 minutes.
4. Combine remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, remaining 1½ tablespoons butter, remaining ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, oats, flour, and salt. Carefully fan open apple halves. Spoon oat mixture evenly over apples. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Turn broiler to high (leave pan in oven); broil 2 minutes. Serve with ice cream.