Posted by: Hil | November 5, 2009

Baked Apple a la Mode


This is one of my very favorite easy desserts.  I’ve blogged versions of it before, but I decided that it was time to formally add it to my recipe favorites, so today it gets its own post.  This dish is warm, sweet, and comforting and really tastes like fall.  The follow recipe makes two servings–one for now and one for later, in my case. 

Baked apples are also extremely delicious plain, but don’t be scared of the ice cream!  I always use ultra rich, full fat vanilla ice cream, but you really don’t need a lot to get the full effect–just a dollop.  By virtue of the fact that it is primarily made up of fruit, this dessert is quite low in calories and saturated fat even if you do add some ice cream to garnish.


  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • butter for dotting
  • good quality vanilla ice cream (or lightly sweetened whipped cream)



Preheat the oven to 415 degrees.  Slice the apple very thinly.  Add the apple slices, brown sugar and cinnamon to a bowl or plastic bag and toss to coat.  Divide the apple slices between two ovenproof ramekins.


Dot the tops lightly with butter.  You only need a tiny bit…the butter melts down and combines with the spiced apple juices so that they thicken and become extra rich.  If you want, you can cover the dish with plastic wrap at this point and store it in the fridge until you are ready to bake it.  Take out the ice cream to soften.


Put the ramekins in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the juices are bubbling and slightly thickened.  Top with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!




  1. Scrumptious fall treat!

  2. This looks so easy and delicious! Can’t go wrong with warm apples and spices.

  3. I love that you left the peel on. I think it improves the texture.

  4. Yuuuuuummy! I’m gonna try this this weekend. THANKS! 🙂

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