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Crunchy Apple Bake

Crunchy Apple Bake

This quick and easy dessert is like an apple pie sans crust -- with a secret ingredient topping: Honey Nut Chex™ Mix!MORE+LESS-


apples, cored and diced


tbsp butter, quartered


cup Chex Mix™ sweet 'n salty honey nut snack mix, crushed

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    Preheat the oven to 375°F.

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    In a small bowl, combine the apples and flour. Divide the mixture evenly among four ramekins. Top each one with butter and then drizzle with honey.

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    Divide the crushed Chex Mix™ evenly among the ramekins, sprinkling it on top of the apples. Use it all.

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    Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and slide into the oven. Cook for 10 minutes. Turn the baking sheet around and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

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    Let cool slightly before serving. These are fabulous served with vanilla ice cream.

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More About This Recipe

  • We go through a lot of apples in my house. Second only to bananas, the kids, my husband and I snack on them, and love the sweet crunch. And then there is that old saying about “An apple a day … “ -- I swear I hear the words in my head every time I pick one up.

    I digress. This isn’t about apples or old sayings. It’s about dessert. And when it comes to making a quick and easy dessert, those apples are a perfect starting point.

    The question is what do you do with them? Apples are great in so many desserts from cakes to turnovers to tarts. You can mix ‘em up with spices like nutmeg, cinnamon or cardamom. Or you could toss in a little savory flavor (cheddar cheese sounds good!). Heck, you can even freeze apple sauce and get a fab granita.

    But for this dessert, I looked to the pie world. Crunchy Apple Bake is like a miniature apple pie, sans the crust. Instead of a lattice top or streusel, these little pots of apple goodness are topped with something fabulous: crushed Honey Nut Chex.

    It lends a fabulous sweet and salty combination to the dish. I don’t know about you, but sweet and salty kind of elevate a dessert to heavenly status for me … How about you?

    Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.

Did You Know You Can Turn Apple Peels into a Delicious Snack?

One of the things that made flying cross-country with a toddler a bit more bearable was the free snacks handed out on the airplane. These little bags of treats helped maintain both my blood sugar level and acted as bribes to keep my daughter from roaming the airplane cabin.

My favorite discovery in the basket of snacks was cinnamon-sugar pretzel bites. Sweet and a tiny bit savory, these pretzel bites were addicting but really weren’t the healthiest option. What if I could take the same concept and make a healthier snack instead? Thus roasted cinnamon-sugar apple peels were born!

I’m one of those people who usually prefers to peel my apples, especially when making baked goods. The resulting pile of peels destined for the compost bin make me sad though. Then Faith came up with a great idea to turn potato peels into a snack, and I thought, why couldn’t the same thing apply to apple peels? I got to work experimenting.

How to Make Roasted Apple Chips

While you can dehydrate apple chips in a low-temperature oven for hours, I went with a high-heat roasting method instead and loved the results and the quick cooking time.

Just toss your apple peels with a light coating of melted butter or a neutral-flavored oil (I tossed the peels of 4 apples with 1/2 tablespoon of melted butter) and a pinch of salt. Mix up some cinnamon sugar (1 teaspoon granulated sugar and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon), then toss half of it with the peels.

Spread the peels in a single layer on a parchment or Silpat-lined baking sheet and roast at 400°F until brown on the edges, about 12 minutes. Watch carefully as they can go from browned to burned easily!

After the peels are roasted, let them cool on the baking sheet a few minutes to crisp up like bacon, then toss with the rest of the cinnamon sugar while still warm.

These crispy, sweet-scented apple chips are a healthier, delicious alternative to crunchy pretzels that help use up otherwise useless kitchen scraps!

Easy Cinnamon Roll Apple Bake

Busy moms, rejoice! Part cinnamon roll, part apple pie, this perfectly sweet casserole is entirely satisfying. Serve it for breakfast or dessert whenever you need a special treat that’s sure to make whole family happy.

It tastes just like your favorite cinnamon rolls with icing AND yummy apple fritters, all baked together to create one amazingly delicious dish. How could that not be a crowd-pleaser?!

And, although this apple fritter cinnamon roll bake seems impressive, it’s actually super easy to make.

It requires just 2 simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes in the oven. Plus, my baked cinnamon roll apple pie recipe needs no prep bowl and a single skillet or casserole dish – so cleanup is a breeze!

Give this rich, gooey, sweet and tangy cinnamon roll dessert or breakfast casserole a try, and be ready for lot’s of How did you make this magic?! questions.

Crunchy Baked Apples Recipe

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  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped medium fine
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped medium fine
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 6 medium Pink Lady or Jazz apples, or other firm baking variety
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider or sweet dessert wine, such as Spanish Moscatel.


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  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider or sweet dessert wine, such as Spanish Moscatel. shopping list

How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a small bowl combine walnuts, pecans, sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and oats. Add butter cubes and toss to combine.
  • Peel the top third of each apple and, using a melon baller, scoop out the stem and enough of the core so that the walls of the apple are about 1/2 in. thick. Take care, however, not to break through the bottom of the apple, or the filling will leak out when baking. Make the hole a bit wider at the top.
  • Using a small spoon or your fingers, generously stuff each apple mound extra filling on top.
  • Put the filled apples in a 2-qt. baking dish. Pour cider or wine into the pan around the apples, cover the dish with foil, and bake 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake, basting every 15 minutes, for an additional 30 to 45 minutes, until apples are easily pierced with a sharp knife (they may split open a bit at the bottom). Serve apples drizzled with the sauce from the pan and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of unsweetened light cream alongside.


Don't forget to watch the recipe video to help you.

Peel and core the apples and chop them into small chunks of 1-2cm. Squeeze over the juice of half a lemon to stop them from going brown.

Combine the flour and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the butter and use your fingertips to rub it into the flour until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.

Stir in the brown sugar then in a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Tip the eggs into the bowl and stir everything together. The ingredients will look more like a paste than cake batter.

Pour in the milk and beat well until you have a smooth and thick batter. Add a splash more milk if your batter is very thick.

Tip in the chopped apples and sultanas and fold through the mixture.

Transfer the batter to a 20cm baking tin. Use a spatula to even out the top then scatter over the demerara sugar.

Bake in the centre of a preheated oven for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Leave to completely cool before releasing from the tin. Serve hot or cold with cream, custard or ice cream.

10 Apple Recipes to Bake

Everywhere you look, there’s signs that autumn has arrived. The heat is finally breaking and lower temperatures are slowing appearing in the forcast. Football fills our weekends and the apple selection at the market is overflowing with abundance. Now is the perfect time to head out to an orchard for some apple picking! I have to admit, this is the first year in quite a while where apple picking is not on our family bucket list. Since moving to Austin, we’re still adjusting to the the lack of seasonality because fall in Texas does not feel like fall — at all. I am definitely missing my favorite season, the idea of leaves turning, jacket weather and our annual apple haul. So I will have to settle with the smells of apple and cinnamon baking in my oven to get that fall vibe flowing. Or perhaps I can live vicariously through you… share your apple picking photos with me on Instagram (#thecakeblog) and your fall baking photos too! Whether you come home with a bushel of fresh picked apples from the farm or a ginormous sack of apples from the store… here’s 10 Apple Recipes to Bake this Fall.

1. Apple Butter Cupcakes by Lindsay Conchar for The Cake Blog. A deliciously easy cupcake recipe with apple butter in both the cupcake and frosting for lots of great apple flavor. Find the recipe HERE.

2. Apple Toffee Crunch Cake by Tessa Huff for The Cake Blog. A fresh apple cake with crunchy pecans, cinnamon buttercream and a toffee sauce drip. Find the recipe HERE.

3. Caramel Apple Pecan Cake by Lindsay Conchar for Life Love and Sugar. Layers of moist apple spice cake sprinkled with pecans, caramel frosting, cinnamon apples, and more caramel drizzled over top. Find the recipe HERE.

4. Apple Pie Cupcakes by Lauren Kapeluck for The Cake Blog. Fresh apple cupcakes with apple pie filling and brown sugar cinnamon buttercream frosting, topped with pie crust cutouts Find the recipe HERE.

5. Warm Apple Cakes with Salted Caramel Gelato by Carrie Sellman for The Cake Blog. Individual apple cakes with chunks of apple, brown sugar and cinnamon – served warm with salted caramel gelato on top. Find the recipe HERE.

6. Apple Pie Cake by Olivia Bogacki for The Cake Blog. A layer cake recipe with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, fresh apple pie filling, buttercream frosting and braided pie crust lattice. Find the recipe HERE.

7. Apple & Goat Cheese Cake by Tessa Huff for The Cake Blog. A fresh apple cake with goat cheese frosting, cinnamon caramel glaze and a pinch of flakey sea salt. Find the recipe HERE.

8. Baked Apple Donuts by Carrie Sellman for The Cake Blog. Homemade apple donuts, packed with fresh apple and apple sauce, coated with a crunchy cinnamon sugar. Baked and perfectly delicious! Find the recipe HERE.

9. Apple Crumb Cake by Carrie Sellman for The Cake Blog. A classic loaf cake with chunks of fresh apple, cinnamon and a double crumble topping. Deliciously easy and perfect for sharing. Find the recipe HERE.

10. Apple Crisp Cake by Olivia Bogacki for Liv for Cake. Spice cake paired with a delicious homemade apple pie filling and apple crisp crumble. Find the recipe HERE.

12 No-Bake Ways to Use Apples

Not all apples hold up well in the oven, but there are still dozens of ways to use fall's favorite fruit without heat.

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But when you head to the checkout counter, the farmer mentions all the apples you picked are Fuji, a delicious apple for snacking and salads but not one that&aposs particularly tasty in baked dishes. Some apples just aren&apost destined for pie or warm dish�use they get mushy and don&apost hold their shape.

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Don&apost worry: There&aposs no need to toss the apples. Before you head out of the farm (or supermarket), ask the staff if your favorite apple is baking friendly. If it&aposs not, here are some of our favorite no-bake ways to use up apples.

Crunchy Apple Custard

A sweet and slightly crunchy dessert that will help top up on your calcium requirement. Everybody, from kids to adults, need calcium, but one cannot overdose on bland milk. By including milk along with nutritious and tasty fruits like apple, and flavour-enhancing ingredients like brown sugar, it is possible to transform the dessert from a sinful course of the meal to a guilt-free and healthy one without compromising on taste!

Crunchy Nacho Bake

This Crunchy Nacho Bake is the perfect weeknight dinner! If your family loves tacos and Mexican food, they will LOVE this casserole recipe!

This nacho bake recipe will be a total crowd pleaser for your family! Even baby Reuben enjoyed the corn and the beans in this casserole. Double this and make two pans, one for dinner and one for the freezer perfect for busy weeknights!

  • 150g/5½oz unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 75g/2½oz caster sugar
  • 75g/2½oz soft light brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp fine salt, plus a pinch
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 175g/6oz plain flour
  • 35g/1¼oz wholemeal flour (or wholemeal spelt flour)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 medium bramley apples, cored, peeled and cut into 1cm pieces
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 15g/½oz demerara sugar

Preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5. Grease and line a 20cm/8in cake tin with baking paper.

Beat the butter, caster sugar, light brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and vanilla extract together in a stand mixer with paddle attachment, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Mix the flours, baking powder and a pinch of salt together in a separate bowl, then gradually mix into the butter, sugar and egg mixture with a spatula or wooden spoon, stirring well to make sure there are no pockets of flour. Mix the apple pieces together with the cornflour until well coated, then combine with the cake mixture.

Tip the cake mixture into the prepared tin and sprinkle with the demerara sugar. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the tin before serving with a cup of tea or a drizzle of cream.

Recipe Tips

This cake keeps really well at room temperature in an airtight container for 3–4 days.