ffwd: Baked Apples Filled with Fruit and Nuts


Jazz apples filled with dried dates and pecans, to be exact, as these were the ingredients I had on hand when I made this dessert. However, making these baked apples can be done with whatever dried fruit or nuts you have in your pantry.

Since I don’t own an apple corer, I made do with my melon baller instead. After stuffing each apple with a bit of salted butter and the date and pecan mixture tossed with agave nectar for sweetness, I did my best to babysit and baste the apples every 15 minutes for about an hour. But, I believe there was one 15 minute mark I missed because I got caught up in other things. The results produced a warm and comforting dessert. No wonder the French wax nostalgic about this childhood treat!

On a side note, I wanted to offer my apologies for the lack of clarity in my food photos lately. For the longest time, I took my photos with a Canon Powershot, but the focus started to blur. So, I switched to the camera on my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone which took such nice photos that I started using that as my primary camera. However, about a month ago, the camera on my phone started going in and out, and I finally broke down and replaced it. (Thankfully, it was only $5 with T-Mobile.) Since then and evidenced by this and the past four posts, I’ve been taking photos with my Samsung Tab 3 tablet, which I love, but the photos were not the best quality close up. But, now I have my new phone, so my photos should hopefully be back to clearer quality.

Anyway, these baked apples filled with fruit and nuts were made for French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

63 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 11:32:02

    Glad you enjoyed these. I love a good baked apple too (and even more when I follow the recipe properly!) Have a great weekend!

  2. bakeawaywithme.com
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 11:33:42

    Your apples came out great! Glad you enjoyed them! They were a hit in my house, too! Happy Weekend!

  3. moderngirlnutrition
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 11:56:02

    Looks amazing!! I bet some almond butter on top would be heavennn

  4. Liz Berg
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 11:56:40

    I was so glad not to have to hunt down any ingredients for this one! Yours look perfect! And glad you got your camera situation resolved…no fun for a food blogger!

  5. ambrosiana
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 12:02:38

    lovely recipe!!! never thought apples could be prepared like this and presented this way!

  6. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 12:47:39

    Ah jazz apples- my fave 🙂

  7. Elaine @ foodbod
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 13:17:48

    They look good, they take me back to my childhood and my mum making baked stuffed apples ☺️

  8. spicegirlfla
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 13:53:43

    Looks so good, I don’t know why I don’t make these more often!!

  9. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 14:07:01

    I thought it was a law (well, that’s an exaggeration) that baked apples be made with Rome apples. I look forward to trying your recipe using Jazz apples.

  10. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 14:11:01

    Baked apples were always a favorite treat in my childhood–really must try them again!

  11. NN
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 15:51:11

    Hmm… apples, no skin…. but filled with dates and pecans. Not sure if I’m supposed to eat these or not 😦

  12. oneexpatslife
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 16:03:28

    The melon baller was a life saver this week. I can’t imagine having done this with a knife.

  13. Geraldine Saucier
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 17:27:58

    Beautiful apples:) These were delicious. Have a great weekend.

  14. tastytreats13
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 19:40:22

    This sounds incredibly delicious!

  15. Carolyn Jung
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 20:14:17

    A classic for winter. Plus, it’s fruit so it’s good for you, right? (wink, wink)

  16. Three Well Beings
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 22:43:29

    I haven’t had a baked apple in the longest time! I really hadn’t thought to bake them, and looking at the photo reminds me of what a delightful, simple treat they can be. Thanks for the hint about basting…I don’t think I’ve ever read that step before and it makes sense. I’m so glad you now have a good working camera! 🙂

  17. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 23:09:33

    I have not made baked apples for ages!

  18. Jasline @ Foodie Baker
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 00:02:51

    Mmmm these baked apples look delicious! Having to baste them every 15 minutes look really worth it, can’t tell you missed one basting! 😉

  19. My Kitchen Stories
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 00:45:07

    This is one of my favourites they are just so comforting.

  20. Bam's Kitchen
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 06:54:31

    I love baked apples! So warm and gently sweet and perfect for the cold weather.

  21. Cher
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 08:04:25

    I think everyone who used a melon baller was pretty happy with how it worked.

    These were a nice dessert for cold weather!

  22. nana
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 09:18:49

    I think I need to purchase a melon baller, that seems the way to go for this recipe.
    Your apples turned out perfect, and look delicious.

  23. SandraM
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 10:04:43

    I just might need to make these! They really look great and would be such a good winter dessert.

  24. Guyla
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 10:10:53

    A melon baller is a versatile tool isn’t it? I hardly ever make melon balls but I use it for all kinds of other things! Your photo is sharp and focused. I’ve been struggling with what to do about a camera. I have a nice Sony but I don’t think it takes better pics than my iPhone or iPad. I need help with photography but haven’t found a good resource. I’ve taken several classes, private lessons even, and learned a lot but even the instructors would produce mediocre food photos!

  25. The Sketched Chef
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 18:16:04

    Lovely recipe ! They came out great.

  26. Tallia
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 19:37:07

    This loos so delicious!

    Trending In Fashion
    Dressale Giveaway

  27. atasteofmadess
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 20:46:42

    i have a lot of apples in my house, maybe I should make this. This looks great

  28. Tanusree
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 23:53:24

    Your apples look great. glad your enjoyed them. I believe for some recipes it is a good thing to not have your pantry over-stocked with options 🙂

  29. Ameena
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 08:42:27

    Your pictures always look great…as do the baked apples. Love the healthier dessert idea….

    I hope you are having a great weekend!

  30. kitchen flavours
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 09:03:55

    Delicious dessert!

  31. Tricia S.
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 09:08:43

    I think you photos always look fab- sorry to hear you had to juggle cameras. I left my camera on and the night I planned to make these I had to recharge it….putting me back a day. Wish I could blame the error of picking cider vinegar over cider to being thrown by the schedule change but I’d be fibbing 🙂 Great job on your stuffed apples ~

  32. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 10:03:54

    These look wonderful. One of our favorite things to make.

  33. Adriana @ GreatFood360°
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 14:23:05

    So many of us benefitted from that melon baller trick. I hope you enjoy your new phone 🙂

  34. Amy Andrews
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 16:07:40

    Yes – melon baller. Genius! I used my corer but had trouble stopping before all the way through — wondering what you all did, and now I’m finding out! 🙂

  35. Mary Hirsch
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 17:02:59

    Silly me. I didn’t even notice that anything was amiss with your photographs. Dried dates and pecans sound like a yummy combo. I think, with dates, that you needed no other kind of dried fruit. Nice job.

  36. suzanne
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 19:28:08

    Love baked apples and stuffing with fruit and nuts is delcious!

  37. sprinklesandsauce
    Jan 12, 2014 @ 19:59:41

    Love that filling!

  38. Cakelaw
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 00:38:45

    These look great! I loved this recipe.

  39. TrafficDiva
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 05:34:25

    I think you have some the the BEST food pics out there!! and if you hadn’t mentioned it, I’d never know!! Still lookin’ good, Yummy!! =)

  40. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 07:47:16

    I know it was delicious. I love baked apples with fruits. And your pictures are always yummy!

  41. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 09:26:38

    Wow! This look so amazing!

  42. Tracy
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 12:26:58

    I love baked apples! These look yummy.

  43. jora
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 14:44:20

    Pretty plate! I kept forgetting to baste mine, but they still turned out well.

  44. The Foodie Affair
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 22:55:01

    Oh, you’ve read my mind! I’ve been wanting to try baked apples! I bet the smell was heavenly!

  45. Katerina
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 02:05:59

    I love baked apples! They look amazing!

  46. Anita Menon
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 05:57:49

    beautiful dessert. would love to try it.

  47. squishymonster
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 11:39:08

    Yum yum!!

  48. Juliana
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 14:32:16

    Such and simple and yet delicious dessert…I like the idea of dates in it.
    Have a wonderful week 😀

  49. Mary Frances
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 17:03:12

    Yum! They look perfect!

  50. gourmetgetaway
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 17:22:49

    I love baked apples for dessert, although I haven’t made them in so long! I will have to revive thins favourite for the kids.

  51. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 17:31:12

    Ok now THIS is a cool idea!!

  52. melolimparfaite
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 19:31:37

    That looks really good !

  53. Jessica Maher
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 21:54:41

    a baked apple is so warm and inviting. makes me remember growing up and smelling my moms apple pie. I love it

  54. Raymund
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 03:15:42

    Never tried apples like this, got to try it sometimes.

  55. Daniela
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 17:31:18

    Baked apples are one of y winter favorites and yours loo specially inviting.

  56. Amelia
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 18:59:00

    Hi, that’s look delicious. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice day.

  57. Promenade Claire
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 00:13:45

    the scent of baked apples is wafting through! And isn’t that the way with phones and cameras – good luck with the new one

  58. Chidiogo
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 11:23:37

    So Cool!!!
    Amazing 🙂
    Looks soo delish!

  59. Ingeniousmrs
    Jan 16, 2014 @ 19:28:55

    yumyyyyyyyy it makes me hungryyyy

  60. Karen
    Jan 17, 2014 @ 19:15:13

    I love stuffed apples and the recipe with dates and nuts sounds great. I’ll remember this when we start picking apples in our orchard next year. 🙂

  61. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 15:28:35

    Glad you enjoyed these! I do understand the nostalgia of this dessert and adore the simplicity and ability to use pantry ingredients.

  62. Shikha la mode
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 15:11:10

    I love baked apples – perfect for this season!

  63. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 20:50:28

    This is the second baked apple recipe I’ve read.. so they must be calling me! I love your filling and wish I could read the recipe. I love so many of your recipes.. it’s time to buy the cookbook and join in!!xx

%d bloggers like this: