This is a lovely little old-fashioned dessert with fruit, spiced filling, and sauce all in one dish. The granola streusel is a butter and flour mixture with chewy, textural additions: oats and toasted almonds. Make sure you use baking apples that’ll keep their shape after cooking.
For more, try our classic apple crisp recipe.
- Yield: 4 to 6 servings
- Difficulty: Easy
- Total: 1 hr 5 mins
- Active: 20 mins
For the granola streusel:
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (a scant 2/3 stick), melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup chopped toasted almonds
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- Pinch kosher salt
For the apples:
- 4 to 6 sweet-tart baking apples, peeled and cored but left whole
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- Kosher salt
- Heat the oven to 375°F.
- To make the streusel, in a bowl, stir together the melted butter and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the flour, oats, almonds, sugar, and salt and stir together with a fork. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir until evenly blended and crumbly (the streusel will be slightly wet).
- Stuff the core of each apple with streusel, dividing it evenly between the apples.
- Place the stuffed apples in a glass baking dish, large enough to just fit the apples but spacing them evenly so they are not touching.
- In a saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the brown sugar, water, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, stirring, then pour the sauce evenly over the apples in the dish.
- Bake, spooning the sauce over the apples a few times during baking, until the apples are tender, about 45 minutes. Serve warm with the sauce.