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Baked Apple Recipe with Delicious Fruit Mincemeat

Updated on December 30, 2015
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Granny Smith Apples - 4 lbs - Apples From the Fruit Company
Granny Smith Apples - 4 lbs - Apples From the Fruit Company

Here are some apples for baking if you can't find them in the store.

 

My mum always told me that baked fruit is good for you, and she made it regularly for us. I think she was right because the last time I went to the doctor with a terrible cough and cold, he told me to eat baked apples!

I remember my grandmother making us them when the winter closed in and we always thought they were delicious, especially with custard.

This recipe is even more delicious, a baked apple recipe that I'm sure would make anyone feel better. It is a warming, seasonal, delicious recipe.

Every autumn we go out to pick cooking apples and store them away in our shed ready to use during the winter. They are plentiful where we live, they line the lanes alongside the blackberries, and nobody seems to want them, so we often have more than we can cope with!

We love to cook all sorts of delicious apple recipes and this one is definitely one of my favorites. It's very quick and easy to make too.

You do need quite large apples but smaller ones will work but you may need to serve up two each, because they are so delicious!


What is Mincemeat?

Mincemeat is a very sweet mixture of dried fruit and spices, including clove, nutmeg, mace and cinnamon. Originally mincemeat also contained meat or suet.

It is a very old English recipe that dates back to the 15th century, when they used this sticky sweet mixture to fill pies. Back in Tudor days pies were baked as a way of preserving meat, and the mincemeat was added to help this process.

They would wrap the meat in the pastry and bake it, just as we do toady, unlike us, they threw the pastry away because it was not edible.

We still use mincemeat here in the UK to fill pies, but they are now sweet pies that we eat at Christmas time. We call them Mince Pies.

They have come to epitomize Christmas, and are served after main course of Christmas lunch with the Christmas pudding! They are also eaten at teatime all through December.


Mixing Apples with Mincemeat

The combination of apple with fruit mincemeat is much more tasty than I was anticipating. I don't really like very sweet things, and so I don't often eat mince pies at Christmas. But this is different!

The combination of tart apples cutting through the sweetness of the mincemeat works perfectly. The mincemeat gives the baked apple more texture and contrasts beautifully with the creamy smooth apple.

They would be perfect for serving on thanksgiving evening after your lunchtime festive meal because they are very light.

A simple baked apple recipe isn't difficult to find, but by adding mincemeat then you will be giving your family a very special seasonal treat. I serve them with plain yoghurt because it cuts through the sweetness so nicely.

PS if you really want to add a punch to this recipe add a small amount of brandy to the mincemeat!

Please let me know what you think of them. Here's a link to another of my apple recipes How to Make Apple Pie Taste Yummier! it is just as delicious and easy to make.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
  • Yields: One apple per person

Baked Apple with MIncemeat

  • 4 Medium cooking apples
  • 1 jar of Mincemeat
  • 4 knobs of butter
  • 1 tsp brandy or sherry

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the apples and remove the core
  2. Make a shallow cut just to score through the skin around the middle of each apple
  3. Place them in an ovenproof dish. Pour 60 ml of water round them
  4. Stuff the middle of each apple with mincemeat
  5. Put a small knob of butter on each apple
  6. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees C (400 F) gas mark 6 for about 45 to 60 minutes.
  7. Place in individual bowls and serve. I like to eat these when still warm, but they are delicious cold too.
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Here's another really easy recipe I love that uses apples: Delicious Apple Filled Croissants and another Sunken Apple Cake

Do you go out picking apples in the autumn? In the UK the apples and berries start to ripen at the end of August and are ready to be picked by mid September. There are blackberries in their thousands to be picked, and we find wild mushrooms too! All on the outskirts of London. They taste all the better because they are fee!!

What kind of things do you find in your neck of the woods?

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Ibidii: They are truly delicious and with homemade mincemeat -well what can I say! Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      I can't wait to do this! I have seen a recipe for homemade mincemeat in my Grandmother's personal cookbook! I want to make both! Great idea!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Dusty2 LM: If you find your G-ma's recipes they would make super lenses. Good luck with your search. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Happy New Year to you too. Let's make it a great one!

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      Dusty2 LM 3 years ago

      These baked apples were some of the favorite fall desserts or treats that G-ma would make for us grandkids. She made her own mincemeat with suet and always had mincemeat year round so she could make pies and other bakeries starting with Halloween to Xmas. I just loved all of the mincemeat treats that she would make for us. Seeing your delicious recipe brings back some nice memories as well as wanting to make some baked apples with mincemeat since it has been awhile. However, I am not so sure about the mincemeat in the jar??? It sounds like it is more so for fruit cakes that I am enjoying now. I will have to try to find the sauce recipes G-ma used to make for them too. I appreciate you sharing this tasty recipe and for the memories. Thank You & Happy New Year, 2014!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @anonymous: Hello Ailynk - there may be two reasons why you sound so horrified about mincemeat in your apple. Firstly because you may think that it is animal mince meat but it's is made of fruit and raisins and sugar - it used to have suet in it but it doesn't anymore. So it's not an animal product. Or it could be because you just plain don't like mincemeat. There are lots of people that don't eat mincemeat because it's too sweet is that what you think? I hope this explains why I say that these go very well together. Thanks very much indeed for your visit and for leaving a comment. Merry Christmas!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      mincemeat? oh ... not meat meat... sorry lolz.. can I not put that in?

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @OhMe: Greta you're in for a treat. They are delicious any way you prepare them aren't they and so healthy.Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We had baked apples for supper tonight but I just stuffed them with butter and brown sugar. Next time I will have to remember the mincemeat. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      I would love this dish since baked apples are a real special favorite and mincement is something of which Ic an make a meal.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @PadmashriSriram: Extremely yummy. People are giving me some fantastic feedback. You can add a little sugar to the water if you'd like a lovely sweet juice to pour over the top of the apples! Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      PadmashriSriram 3 years ago

      Looks yummy and tempting. Thanks for sharing.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @seahorse60: Oh good idea - if you like sweet things that should hit the right spot. I hope you enjoy them with mincemeat. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment. I really do appreciate it.

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      seahorse60 3 years ago

      Yummy! We add a little honey when we make them. A lovely warming winter treat!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Robertlee2013: And very delicious. Let me know what you think of it. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Robertlee2013 3 years ago

      Wow! Great idea!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Erin Mellor: Great so this recipe get the thumbs up from you too! I'm delighted. Thanks very much for your visit and comment. I'm going to make some today!

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      I've been scoffing these all month, I do love a baked apple, and I agree, it's much nicer than a mince pie.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @BarbaraCasey: Hoooray!! I am so pleased - I told you it was delicious. Thanks you for letting me know. You've made me very happy. I'm sure you have inspired others to try it too. Have a great weekend, and happy Thanksgiving (bit late!).

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      BarbaraCasey 3 years ago

      @Adventuretravels: I made this dish yesterday... and will make it again... many times. We loved it!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Tom Maybrier: I hope you get round to making it because it's sure is delicious and very good for you and it's an easy recipe too. Also, I'd like to know what you think of it. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Tom Maybrier 3 years ago

      Wow that looks great!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @pericaluic: Yummy! Thanks for your visit. Hope you enjoy them.

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I love mincemeat - no meat in the one I get anyway! The spices make me think of holidays. So cheery! So this recipe is really appealing. Great idea!

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      pericaluic 3 years ago

      Nice

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Elyn MacInnis: Years ago mincemeat did actually contain meat. Nowadays it can have beef suet in it - so check the brand if you are vegetarian. The Robertson's brand I picked out from Amazon has no meat suet in it. I'm really looking forward to Christmas aren't you? Thanks very much for your visit and your comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @RinchenChodron: Yep I'd say it is! Thanks for your visit. Let me know what you think if you decide to make it.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      This sounds delicious!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Johanna Eisler: You are very welcome! The same thing happened to me - I was reminded of my mum's lovely baked apples. I'd certainly forgotten how good they tasted. Thanks you so much for your visit and comments. Let me know what you think of them.

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      My mother used to make baked apples . . . I haven't thought about them for a long time, but this lovely little lens makes me want to get busy and bake them for MY family! Thank you!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @DLeighAlexander: Yes it is as easy as that. Make sure you put a little sugar in with the water if you like a little sweet liquid to pour over the top of the apple. Yummy! Thanks for your visit and for your comment.

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      DLeighAlexander 3 years ago

      What an easy recipe to produce something so pretty & appealing! Am sure it tastes great too.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @nicenet: Hello - yes the great thing about this is that it is healthy. If you go easy on the mincemeat it hasn't got that many calories. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      nicey 3 years ago

      This is a healthy recipe for ladies like me who want to slim down.Thanks for sharing.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @BarbaraCasey: Oh it is! I hope you enjoy these baked apples as much as I do. Thanks for your visit and for your comment.

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      BarbaraCasey 3 years ago

      I love mincemeat and pairing it with apples sounds like a terrific idea.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @chrisilouwho: That's true. Great for your health and very tasty too. Thanks for your visit and your comment.

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      great way to have an apple a day, especially going into cold season, thanks for the recipe!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @favored: I actually had one of these this evening and it was extremely good - I add a little sugar in the water to make a bit of sauce to pour over the top - yummy! I hope you enjoy yours, please do let me know. Thanks for visiting and your comment and tweet.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I would really like to make these. It's been some time since I've had baked apples, and this is a recipe I haven't tried. Thanks so much. Giving it a tweet.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @misunderstood23: Great I hope you enjoy it. It's really good for your digestive system. Thanks for leaving a comment and for your visit.

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      misunderstood23 3 years ago

      MMM I told my gf to make this :) Thank you so much for this!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Diana Wenzel: Mincemeat is an acquired taste - it's dries fruit - very sweet. In the UK we have mince pies for Christmas. I think they're delicious. Let me know if you decide to try it. I'd love to know what you think. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a message.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I'm feeling healthier just looking at these baked apples. I've never had mincemeat before. Sounds like a nicely balanced tart and sweet recipe. Thanks!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Diaper Bag Blog: Great! Thanks for your visit and for you comment.

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      We make similar in our family! I like them so much! Thumbs up!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Susan Zutautas: It is! Let me know what you think. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh my goodness this sounds so easy and delicious!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @RoadMonkey: Yes Bramleys are the best cooking apples. But granny Smiths will do! I hope you try this because if you love apples you're in for a real treat! Let me know. Thanks your visit and for leaving a message

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Merrci: Thanks. Will you be making these? Let me know what you think of them.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @winter aconite: Great - let me know what you think of it. Thanks for your visit.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      That sounds a nice easy and healthy dessert. I love apples. We grow Bramley apples in our garden for cooking apples and they are really good for cooking.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Cool lens!

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      winter aconite 3 years ago

      What a great idea. Will definitely try it!!!!!