When you think of a sweet treat using apples, Apple Crisp is usually the go-to apple recipe for most of us. For something a little different and absolutely delicious, why not try out this recipe for Hasselback Apples?
Hasselback apples are juicy apples sliced into thin wedges but left joined at the bottom, then baked. Like hasselback potatoes. except with apples.
All you need to pull this tangy yet sweet treat together are some apples and a few things from the pantry for the topping such as rolled oats, cinnamon, brown sugar and plain flour. It’s deceptively simple to make and the kids will love it too.
This recipe uses KANZI® apples which are firm and juicy and ideal for baking. It serves 2 – a half an apple per person – but if you want a bigger portion for the whole family, simply double it.
Hasselback Apples Recipe
- 1 KANZI® apple, cored and cut in half
- 1 tbsp (15g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
- 1⁄4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Tiny pinch of salt
Whipped Cream (makes more than you need):
- 300ml thickened cream
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
TIP: You can also just use tinned whipped cream if you’re not too keen on making your own.
Oat Crumble Topping:
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1 1⁄2 tbsp plain flour
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 200C, fan force.
2. Place the KANZI® apple halves flat side down and cut a slit every 2-3 mm, making sure you don’t slice all the way through the apple. Repeat to the rest of your apple half. Place the KANZI® apples flat side down into a baking dish.
3. In a small bowl mix together melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and salt. Use a pastry brush to coat the apple (underneath and on top) with 3⁄4 of the cinnamon mixture.
4. Cover the dish with tin foil and cook for 20 – 25 minutes or until the apples are tender.
5. Meanwhile, make the whipped cream – in a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, add cream, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until medium peaks form then set aside in the fridge.
6. Make the oat crumb – in a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, and sugar. Add the cold chopped butter and rub with your fingertips until it looks like chunky sand.
7. Remove the apples from the oven and brush with the remaining cinnamon mixture (try to get it in between the slits!)
8. Sprinkle the oat topping over the apples and place back in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with fresh whipped cream.
TIP: Lay two bamboo chopsticks on your chopping board with the apple (flat-side down) in between. This will help when cutting the slits as you’ll hit the chopstick before cutting all the way through.
What to create next
While we love hasselback apples as a dessert, it also makes a yummy and healthy after-school snack too. For more delicious apple recipes, check out these juicy options including crumbles, muffins, tarts and more.
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