I posted my mom’s baked apples recipe on Twitter a few months ago. It’s pretty standard until you get to the not-so-secret ingredient: diet black cherry soda.
Gross, right? It’s okay to think so; the Twitterverse thought so too. But my mom swears by it. Though I try to eat whole foods as much as possible, I’m starting to swear by it too. It doesn’t taste like soda at all; it just tastes like apples. And the pool of soda in the bottom of the pan makes the fruit so tender inside.
The best part of the dish? It’s truly a sin-free dessert. It’s an apple, cinnamon, raisins, and some nuts. Perfect for those of us resolving to keep off the pounds over the upcoming holidays!
You can adjust the servings as needed for 2 or 20 apples.
- 6 apples, cored
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 1-1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg, divided
- 3 tsp. raisins, divided (I prefer golden raisins.)
- 3 tsp. chopped toasted walnuts, divided (Pecans would also be nice here.)
- 1 can diet cherry soda (I prefer Dr. Browns.)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Set the cored apples in a 9×13″ baking pan. Add a cinnamon stick, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. raisins and 1/2 tsp. nuts to the center of each apple.
- Pour the soda over each of the apples, letting it pool in the bottom of the pan.
- Bake for ~60 minutes, or until the fruit is soft.