When I was in college, I would often grab an apple from the dining hall to put in my backpack before heading to class. Then, I’d forget all about it until that night. That’s when I could whip up a quick baked apple in my dorm room. It smelled wonderful, too — that cinnamon and buttery goodness.
You’ve probably stolen an apple from the dining hall or the continental breakfast at the hotel, and then weren’t sure what to do with it. This treat takes next to no time at all to make, even if you are a novice at cooking.
Types of Apples
Do you have a favorite apple? They often say Granny Smith are favorites for baking, but I don’t like them. My favorite apples are Macintosh. They are like the sweettarts of apples, but I cannot find them anywhere right now. My son loves apples, too, and his favorite are Honey Crisp apples.
For this particular recipe, I used a small Honey Crisp apple. Honey Crisp apples come in a variety of sizes. Most often, I see the giant versions at the store. But, the larger your apple, the longer the cooking time will be. If you use a small to medium sized apple, this recipe should be done in about 2 minutes. But, if you end up using a large apple, be prepared to add an extra minute or two to the cooking time. You’ll know it’s done when you poke the apple with a fork and you can feel the softness.
Microwave Baked Apple
The hardest part is coring the apple so that you leave a bit of the bottom intact. If you core out the entire middle, the sugar butter mixture just runs right through the apple. I found scoring the apple with a knife and then using a spoon to scoop out the insides worked the easiest for me.
One thing I did learn through trial and error. Always put your apple in a bowl to microwave it. If you use a saucer, it might roll around and dump the super hot sugary mixture onto your skin, which will burn. Not fun.
A baked apple is a great healthy alternative to apple pie. It has much less sugar, but it definitely hits that spot if you’re having a craving. The tart and sweet combination just make it a wonderful dessert when you’re needing a treat.
- 1 Apple - cored
- 1 tablespoon white or brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- a pinch of cinnamon
- Core the middle of the apple, but keep the very bottom intact. This works well with a knife and then spoon to dig it out.
- Mix together the cinnamon, sugar, and softened butter and then add it into the center of the apple and over the top if necessary. Shake a bit of cinnamon over the top.
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat the apple for about 2 minutes.
- Microwaves vary so poke your apple with a fork. When it's soft, it's done.