A Simple Yet Elegant Dessert – Baked Apples In Red Wine

Today has been an unusually chilly, rainy day here in North Carolina.  So hubby and I decided to stay in and relax, seems perfect right?  To finalize the giveaway for the Table For Two cookbook written by Warren Caterson, I decided to end this lovely giveaway with a delicious dessert.  Since we stayed in today, I adapted the recipe to what was in our house!

This giveaway was extended an extra day and half, so now it is finally time to share who won this fabulous cookbook!!!  Congrats to Maureen from Orgasmic Chef!!!  WOO HOO!!! YAYAY!!!!  You and your hubby will love this book Maureen:-)

A Simple Yet Elegant Dessert - Baked Apples In Red Wine

The original recipe uses pears, which I love…..BUT I only had apples in the house.  Now adding red wine is never a problem.  Lately we never have a shortage of red wine.  I kinda love…..no I do LOVE red wine A LOT!!  Yesterday we were at Trader Joe’s, and hubby was so kind in supporting my delicious habit by picking up a few more bottles for me.  He is so good to me!

Now with Warren’s recipe he cooks the pears in the wine in a saute’ pan on the stove.  You can cook the pear or apples stove top easily.  However, I remembered I had these cute baked apple dishes my parents bought me when I was back home in Michigan.  So I dusted the dishes off, and broke them in with gorgeous flavors of wine permeating through each dish!

A Simple Yet Elegant Dessert - Baked Apples In Red Wine

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Baked Apples In Red Wine

This recipe was adapted from Warren Caterson's original recipe Pears Poached in Port, found in Table For Two cookbook on page 242.

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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2 large gala apples, peeled and cored
2 cups red wine (your favorite red wine)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 stick of cinnamon
1/8 tsp of nutmeg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Peel both apples, and core out center of apples.

In small sauce pot, on medium heat warm together wine, water, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg. Don't let mixture come to a bowl, just heat mixture together, and let sit on low heat for about 2 minutes.

Cut each apple in half. Place peeled, cored, and halved apples in 2-3 inch deep baking dish, and pour wine mixture over apples in dish until apples are almost covered.

If the apples are not completely covered by wine, during the cooking process turn the apples a few times to ensure all the sides are cooked evenly with the wine mixture.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until soften, check with fork if softened.

Top the apples with plain Greek yogurt and fresh mint.



After serving the dish to my hubby, we discovered the fresh mint was delicious with each bite of the apples and yogurt. So chop up fresh mint and mix into Greek yogurt, then top about 1-2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt onto each dish.


In the past I didn’t bake with mint much, but love the flavorful herb.  This weekend I planted two kinds of tomatoes – patio and roma, six different herbs – basil, oregano, lavender, mint, rosemary, lemon verbena, and two different hot peppers – serrano and jalapeno.  So I topped the apples with fresh mint from my little patio garden!  I love when we can grow our own!

CafeTerraBlog's Mini Patio Garden

This is a healthy dessert, and full of antioxidants!  So if you decide to eat both apples all by yourself …..we promise we will not tell a soul!!!

What is your favorite way to cook/bake with red wine?

Are you going to grow any herbs, or vegetables this year?

A Simple Yet Elegant Dessert - Baked Apples In Red Wine


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  • Baked apples are such a treat, love the spices you added!
    • Thank you so much! The recipe is so versatile:-) Hugs, Terra
  • What a great twist on a favorite of mine! I love this!
    • Oh thank you so much, let me know if you try it! Hugs, Terra
  • Hotly Spiced
    I've never poached apples before and now I'm not sure why I haven't. I love a red wine or two, too! And that is such a gorgeous looking dessert. xx
    • I was so excited to try it, I do love apples! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Ilke
    I agree, such a healthy dessert :) I love your dishes, too! We stayed at home on the cold weekend too! I am so over these cold days though.
    • Now there is gorgeous sun, YAY!!! Thank you so much my friend, Hugs, Terra
  • Mmm, so delicious, apples look so brilliant :D Cheers CCU http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
    • Awww, thank you my sweet friend! Hugs, Terra
  • Angie Tan
    Congratulations, Maureen! The red wine apples look so delicious. A brilliant recipe, Terra.
    • That means so much! Thank you Angie:-) Sending hugs, Terra
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you. In my head I'd already replied to this. I'm an idiot. I can't wait to see my book. :) I've poached pears before but never apples.
    • Never an idiot, ALWAYS wonderful though!!! You will love both of his books I promise:-) Sending hugs, Terra
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    These apples look lovely. I'll take a guilt-free dessert any day. Yum!
    • Guilt-free for sure, AND sooooo delicious! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • kitchenriffs
    I've done pears with red wine, but never apples. Really nice idea! Definitely something I should try. Thanks for this.
    • For sure, you will so love this fun recipe! Thank you so much, Terra
  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen
    I love baked apples any day! And they're in red wine? Well, cheers ! Miss you, Terra! Hugs :-)
    • Baked apples are perfect in red wine, soooooo good:-) Miss you too! Hope you are doing well:-) Sending hugs, Terra
  • Donalyn @ The Creekside Cook
    I'm so glad I ran across this recipe - I have a bowl of ripening pears on my counter right now, so I think I'll go back to the original fruit for mine - thanks for the inspiration! Donalyn@ http://thecreeksidecook.com
    • I am so happy to see you stop by, thank you so much! You will enjoy this lovely recipe:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Hi Terra! My eyes popped out when I saw your scrumptious boozy dessert. I would come to your house NOW if I could. ^.^ btw love your little green patio and I am a bit envious. Your basil looks so fresh and healthy (I want too!). What are those hanging plants in the top right?
    • You are ALWAYS welcome here:-) My two hanging plants are tomatoes that you grow upside down, then my rabbits don't eat them up:-) Thank you so much my sweet friend! Sending hugs, Terra
  • EA-The Spicy RD
    Love the photos of your veggie/herb garden & this recipe looks so healthy and delicious! We are having a mini heat wave her, but it is supposed to cool off and rain on Sunday, so this would be a wonderful way to end the weekend! Have a happy one! xoxo
    • This is a fun recipe, because they are delicious cold or hot, and topped with Greek yogurt....YUM!!! Thank you so much, I am excited to make a cocktail this week with my mint:-) Sending hugs, Terra
  • WOW, the color from the wine on your baked apples is beautiful..little ruby balls of loveliness. My favorite way to cook with red wine would have to be rich, comforting,winter beef stews - any kind! Deglaze, deglaze..and then pour the rest of the bottle in!
    • Hmmmmmm....YUM!!! Beef stew and red wine would ROCK:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Gorgeous!!!!! I do this with pears every fall, but I love it equally with apples. Beautiful photos!
    • Thank you for the sweet words!!! Sending hugs, Terra