Baked apples with a struesel topping

In Southern California we really only experience a sort of quasi occasional fall day.  However, we have our moments nonetheless.  For those moments we crave the same wonderful compliments to the season that, “east-coasters,” and other inhabitants with seasons do; scarves, hats, warm and comforting fall food, snuggling and the likes. 

Therefore, we are entitled to indulging in things like warm chai lattes and boots even if it is seventy-five degrees outside.  A fun way to indulge in the sweet comforting flavors of fall is with baked apples.  Below is a recipe for Baked Tango apples with a streusel topping.  What are Tango apples?  Tango apples are a delicious cross between  apples and Zestar apples.  These apples are juicy, sweet and tart.  A vibrant acidity makes Tango apples great for baking because the flavors carry through high temperatures. 

Baked Tango apples with streusel topping

  • 6 Tango apples (core removed and halved)
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Method of Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl until it reaches crumble consistency. 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Place apple haves face down on a foiled and lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 10 min. 

Remove from oven, flip apples, top with streusel and bake for an additional 10-15 min. 

Serve over vanilla ice cream or with fresh ricotta cheese.  Enjoy!

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