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Depression Era Baked Apples

During the Great Depression it was necessary to have a collection of cheap and easy recipes at your disposal. Some of those budget-friendly dishes have stood the test of time and are still just as popular today. One of those dishes is Depression Era Baked Apples. These sweet treats are simple to make and don't cost very much to prepare. When you're looking for easy dessert recipes that won't break the bank, this one is a winner!

Cooking Time30 min


  • 4 Granny Smith apples or Rome apples (any hard apple will work)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together syrup ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Peel the apples, removing only about the top two inches. Core the apples and place them upright in a baking dish.
  4. Pour the syrup over and into the apples.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until a fork pierces apple easily.
  6. Sprinkle tops with a little extra brown sugar if desired and broil for 3 minutes.
  7. Serve warm with ice cream.



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I really love old fashioned recipes and can't wait to try this one. You can't beat the combination of apples and cinnamon and I love desserts that are both healthy and yummy! I also love that this recipe uses ingredients that I always have on hand. This would taste great not only with ice cream but also with pastry, yogurt, or even on top of pancakes! Yum!

This is a regular at my daughter's house and her 4 year old son helps her make it. There was a time when I was a single mother with 2 little kids and not much money, so I would make this apple recipe as a dessert. Come to find out, my daughter loved it and makes it regularly at her house and being economical has nothing to do with it! She's just loves it and so do her kids!

If I want to make 12, do I triple the recipe?



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