Choose firm apples with sweet-tart flavor, such as Pink Lady or Honeycrisp; in our tests, Fuji and Granny Smith fell apart.
2 large firm apples, peeled, cored, and halved vertically
4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
2 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla ice cream
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Starting at the outermost edges, cut most (but not all) of the way through each apple half at 1/8-inch intervals. Place apple halves, cut sides down, in an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; brush mixture evenly over apple.
Cover pan with foil; bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Remove foil. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove pan from oven; cool 10 minutes.
Combine remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, oats, flour, and salt. Carefully fan open apple halves. Spoon oat mixture evenly over apples. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Turn broiler to high (leave pan in oven); broil 2 minutes. Serve with ice cream.
Thanks to the reader who suggested putting wooden chopsticks (I used wooden skewers) on either side of the apple to prevent cutting the whole way through and to insure even cuts. Great idea! This was mighty good, like an apple pie with fewer calories, and it looks wonderful on the plate. No vanilla ice cream in the house, so we subbed whipped topping, which was good but ice cream would have been better. Used a local apple called "Arkansas Black" which worked beautifully here
To help make sure you don't cut all the way through the apple when cutting your hasselback slices, place wooden chopsticks on each side of the halved apples. That way your knife will hit the chopsticks when cutting and your slices will be exactly the same depth with each cut.
This was super simple (it took me 10-15 minutes hands on time - that is WAY quicker than most desserts I make!) I couldn't be more pleased with the dish - it's like a little personal apple pie (but better!)
I thought this was a great little fall dessert. A little time consuming for the end product, but I didn't mind it. The apple cooks perfectly and the Hasselback was fun to do. It hit the spot without making me feel like I'd eaten a sugar bomb afterwards. I recommend it!