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Maple-Roasted Apples with Candied Nuts

March 5, 2012

Maple-Roasted Apples with Candied Nuts is a very satisfying sweet treat, but it is much lighter than many desserts. The recipe is adapted from one in Molly Stevens’ wonderful cookbook, All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art.

I love the fact that the recipe can be made ahead of time for easy entertaining. After briefly reheating the apples in the oven, it is ready to serve.

Molly suggested serving the apples with ice cream, which would be delicious. I decided to lightly sweeten some crème fraiche to drizzle on top. It worked for me!



Maple-Roasted Apples with Candied Nuts

(Adapted from a recipe in Molly Stevens’ All About Roasting)


Molly uses ground nutmeg. I used nutmeg the first time I made it. The second time I tried cinnamon instead, and I think I prefer that. Use whichever spice appeals to you.


(print the recipe)

Serves 4 – 5

Be sure to line your baking sheets with aluminum foil to keep the apples and nuts from sticking. You’ll be glad you did.


4 large apples (I used organic Braeburn apples)

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg  (or  ¼ – ½ teaspoon cinnamon)

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

Pinch of salt

¾ cup nuts (I used pecans)


For serving:

Vanilla ice cream or crème fraiche, sweetened or plain


1. Preheat the oven to 400˚. Arrange the oven racks so that one is in the lower third of the oven and the other is in the upper third of the oven.

2. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil. (One large baking sheet for the apples and one smaller one for the nuts works well.)

3. Cut the apples into small chunks. (With organic apples, I like to leave the peel on; if you prefer, you can peel them.)




4. Toss the apples with ¼ cup of the maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of the melted butter, ground ginger, and salt.

Melted butter, maple syrup, ground ginger, and a nutmeg. ma

5. Grate the nutmeg over the apples, and toss again. (Or toss in the cinnamon.)

6. Spread the apples out on the large prepared baking sheet.


7. Roast the apples on the lower oven rack for about 15 minutes. Stir them and roast for another 10 minutes. Stir again and continue to roast until the apples are looking a bit caramelized. Total roasting time will be about 35 – 40 minutes.

The apples are done. And the blackened mess is on the foil, not on my pan!


8. While the apples are roasting, toss the nuts with the remaining tablespoon of maple syrup, the tablespoon of melted butter, and a pinch of salt on the smaller baking sheet.


9. Roast the nuts on the upper oven rack for about 10 minutes, stirring a time or two during the roasting time. Let the nuts cool.

10. If making the dessert ahead, put the cooked apples in an oven-proof dish so they can be reheated later.

A pie plate works great for reheating the apples later.

11. When ready to serve, heat the apples for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350˚ oven.

12. Serve the apples topped with some of the nuts and some ice cream or crème fraiche.

(I whisked ¼ teaspoon of vanilla and about 1 teaspoon maple syrup into ½ cup crème fraiche to drizzle on top.)




8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2012 1:15 pm

    Looks and sounds delicious Kath. Love the candied pecans.

  2. March 5, 2012 3:21 pm

    This sounds delicious! Love the maple syrup, never heard of roasting with it but looks really amazing!! Yum!

  3. March 5, 2012 4:35 pm

    What a wonderful idea! This is a great healthy alternative to my usual fried apples (i do love them though!)

  4. March 6, 2012 1:05 am

    This looks really good!

  5. March 6, 2012 7:03 am

    This looks amazing!! Love the candied nuts!

  6. March 6, 2012 7:31 am

    This looks divine and perfect for entertaining following a heavy dinner when you need something light for desert. Thanks for sharing!

  7. March 6, 2012 6:22 pm

    What a simple yet elegant and tasty looking dessert. Pretty healthy too.

  8. March 7, 2012 9:07 pm

    I love (and I mean LOVE) apples. Baked, roasted, cooked…whatever. LOVE them! The maple and apples along with the nuts to add a nice crunch sounds perfect right now. I always have apples in hand. 🙂

    I hope you are having a good week my friend!

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