An easy recipe for baked apples calls for fresh cored apples, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, ground nut meg, lemon juice and boiling water. Many variations include maple syrup, chopped nuts, and raisins or currants. Cooking time runs 25 to 35 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
To make baked apples, start with four large, firm apples. The variety of apples chosen depends on how tart a taste you want, as well as what colors you prefer. Varieties commonly used in baked apples include Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Gala and Rome Beauty.
Use a sharp knife to core the apples. Insert the knife about 1/2 inch from the stem and cut in a circle. Remove the stem and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds to make a cavity.
In a bowl mix 1/2 to 1/3 cup of brown sugar, light or dark, 1 to 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Place apples in a baking pan, sprinkle the juice of a fresh lemon in the cavities, and then fill them with the sugar mixture. Place pats of butter on top. Depending on how much caramel flavor you want, use one-half to one whole stick of salted butter.
Add 3/4 to 1 cup of boiling water to the pan, and bake the apples at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 35 minutes, or until they are tender but not mushy. Baste with juices from the pan, and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.