No time to make an apple pie? No desire for a crust? You can get your apple pie fix quickly just with baked apple slices!
My parents have three apple trees on which we grow 15 varieties of apples, so we are always looking for quick and easy apple recipes.
My mother started baking apple slices this way for an everyday dessert a few years ago and it is what we have almost every night during apple season.
How to make baked apple slices
It’s so easy! All you have to do is toss some slices of peeled and cored apples with cinnamon and sugar and put them in the microwave for few minutes.
When the apple slices are cooked through, give them a quick stir with a sprinkle of maple syrup.
We did struggle with what to call it. Mom wanted, “apple pie without the crust”, but we nixed that. “Apple pie filling” didn’t go over very well either.
“Baked apple slices” is as near as we can come, even though they aren’t baked in the oven but cooked rather quickly in a microwave.
Don’t have a microwave? Put the apples and cinnamon sugar in a baking dish, add a 1/3 cup of water to the pan, cover it with foil and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 20 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
For more information on which apple varieties are best for baking, check out our Guide to Apples.
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EASY Baked Apple Slices Recipe
As you slice up the apples, check for their flavor. If they don't taste good raw, believe me, they aren't going to taste good cooked.
- 4 cups of peeled, sliced apples - use apples that cook up well, like Fuji or Jonagold
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- A sprinkle of cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and sugar: Put apple slices in a glass bowl. Sprinkle on top the 3 Tbsp of sugar. Add a light sprinkle of cinnamon.
2 Microwave on high for 5 minutes or more: Bake in microwave oven for 5 minutes on high heat. Adjust the time for your microwave and how many apples you are doing. Ours has a powerful high setting so 4 cups of apples only takes 5 minutes.
If you use more apples, you will probably need to cook it a little longer. I suggest starting with 5 minutes and testing for doneness with a fork. If it needs more cooking time, give it more.
3 Add maple syrup to taste: When done, remove and mix so the sugar coats well all the apple pieces. Add maple syrup to taste, about 1 Tbsp.
Delicious with whipped cream on top, or with vanilla ice cream on the side.
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