Baked Apples Recipe ~ Money saving recipe

03/05/2012 10:00 am · 2 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

baked apples recipe

One of the best ways to save money is to reduce food waste in your home. No reason to spend money on food that you toss in the trash because it went bad.  I have talked about Piggy Back meals before, for creative ways to use the same ingredients for different meals.  But what do you do when food is not as fresh as one would like, or been sitting to long.  For example apples that have started to turn soft.  I love to bite info a crisp juicy apple, but once they start to turn soft… I kind of turn into an apple snob and find myself selecting other fruit from the bowl.

Plus it does not help that my 1 year old son thinks anything “round” is a ball and loves to chuck my fruit across the kitchen… turning my apples brown and less than appetizing in a matter of seconds.  So what is one to do…. gag down the apples, all in the name of saving money. Toss them in the trash when no one is looking?  Well I have found these apples may not be good raw, but when baked are simply delicious!

I do not really follow a recipe, as each time I make them I tend to have different kinds or amounts of apples but here is the basic measurements.

  • 4-6 apples (peeled, cored and diced)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 of a teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
Place in a covered oven save dish, bake at 350 for 30-50 minutes till apples are soft but still have a little bit of crunch.  Serve warm, we like them with ice cream on top. This is also great in crepes.

old apples

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Helen in Meridian
Helen in Meridian

You can bake your apples with brown sugar, red hots, walnuts in the middle, in your microwave. It is much faster.


Glad I am not the only apple snob! In fact, just this weekend, we used our food dehydrator to dry a ton of apples that had been sitting for weeks. They turned out great.They would have cost a lot of money if we bought them dried in bags at the store. Will try your recipe though!

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