Hasselback Apples á la Jamie

My friend Jamie told me she wanted to do "Hasselback Apples". I had never heard of the term before and had no clue what that was. She explained it to me and I googled pictures of it. It is just a delicious scrumptous dessert, tastes like apple pie. "Hasselback" is a cutting technique where you cut the apple halves in small intervalls, but not all the way through. So, if you top them off with some sweet mixture, it will seep into the slits while baking.

This "Hasselback" technique can also be used with potatoes which you would top with butter or cheese. While baking, the cheese would then seep into the entire potato.


  • 4-6 apples
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3-4 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ice cream
  • optional toppings: oats, nuts


  • Preheat oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Peel the apples, cut in halves vertically and remove the core. Cut the halves in hasselback technique (see picture), this means that you kind of slice the apple half across in about 1/8 inch intervals, but you do not slice all the way through. The apple half sill stays together as one piece. Place the carved apple halves with the tops facing upwards in a baking dish. 
  • Prepare the topping: Warm up the butter till liquid, mix in the brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla extract. You can also pure a little extra maple syrup over the apple halves.
  • Now you will bake the apples in two steps: First, spread about 1/2 to 2/3 of the mix evenly over the apple halves. The slits will still be very rigid and you will not be able to really go between the cracks. However, after baking them for a while they will fan out and the mix will sink into the slits. Bake the apples for about 20 min. Then, take them out of the oven. If you want to use extra toppings such as oats or nuts, mix them into the remaining brown sugar topping. Brush the halves with another layer of the mix and bake for another 10-15 min till soft.
  • Serve two halves per person with ice cream. As we did not use further toppings such as oats or nuts, we used a decadent vanilla ice cream with almonds.

Note: Use sweet-tart apples like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady. Fuji or Granny Smith are supposed to fall apart while cutting hsselback style... 

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