Ever since I was a little girl, apples and pork were flavors that I really loved. I often make homemade applesauce to go with a pork dish but for tonight’s dinner, I am using apple slices instead. These cinnamon baked apple slices have a thick brown sugar glaze but is not too sweet, since I used tart Granny Smith apples.
This side dish has the taste of my hasselback baked apples but is much easier to make, since you are flavoring just the apple slices.
If you have ever eaten just the filling of Granny’s apple pie, you will get an idea of this recipe. Thick, gooey, sweet, tart and everything that is good in the fall. They are sort of an apple pie without the crust side dish, but every bit as good as the pie itself.
Apples are my favorite fall fruit. I make apple pies, caramel apples, spooky apple treats, baked apples, apple crisp, apple cake, apple cobbler and more. You name it. If the recipe is made from apples, it will find its way to my dinner table.
These cinnamon baked apple slices are the perfect side dish to compliment pork.
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The ingredients are simple. A couple of Granny Smith apples, some water, with cornstarchto thicken it, a scoop of brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon on the top. Easy, simple, but so, so tasty when they are done!
I started by mixing the cornstarch and water in a small bowl. This mixture will thicken the other ingredients into an ooey-gooey texture. I also peeled my apples and sliced them fairly thickly. You don’t want them too thin or they will end up overcooked.
Place the sliced apples in an ovenproof baking dish and pour over the cornstarch and water mixture. You will want to coat the apples well.
Pour in the brown sugar and mix the apples well with it. You will want some of the sugar to stick to each apple, since this is what the cornstarch mixture will thicken. Sprinkle the top with a generous pinch or two of cinnamon.
Into the oven they go for about 15 minutes at 350º F. Look at the gooey glaze! I can’t wait to try them!The apples are fork tender and sweet but the tartness of the apples keeps the sweetness in check. Cinnamon the kitty approves of the taste very much! He is part of my spice jars called Cats of Distinction by Lenox. I was amazed, recently, to find that they are quite collectible!
Serve the apples hot with pork chops for a comfort food dish that really screams fall.
Gone are the days of boring applesauce and pork. These cinnamon baked apple slices and pork and definitely my new fall combo. Perhaps they will become yours too!
One bite of these sweet apples and you will be hooked!
I served these tonight with some apple and pecan stuffed pork chops. The combination of flavors was amazing!
For more fall recipes, please visit my “It’s time for Fall” Pinterest board.
- 2 Granny Smith Apples
- ¼ cup of water
- 1½ tbsp of cornstarch
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- a generous pinch or two of cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- Mix the water and cornstarch in a bowl until well blended.
- Peel and slice the apples thickly. Place them in an ovenproof baking dish.
- Pour over the water/cornstarch mixture and mix well.
- Add the brown sugar and mix so that all the apple slices are coated in it. Sprinkle with the cinnamon.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm.
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