Cranberry Caramel Baked Apples for a weekday dessert, who knew?

It’s one of the 15 fabulous Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner – World Tour Week recipes!

cranberry caramel baked apples


Tangy Autumn apple halves topped with plumped dried cranberries, crystallized ginger and nuts are baked until crisp-tender for a delicious weeknight treat.  Cranberry Caramel Baked Apples are  fabulous for your holiday brunches too!

Before serving, the baked apples are drizzled with homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

You’ll find the recipe card for Cranberry Caramel Baked Apples at the bottom of this post.


cranberry caramel baked apples


This fabulous Fall dessert is served  for Friday night dinner of my World Tour Week’s menu of the Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner.

Cranberry Caramel Baked Apples are served with Crispy Pancetta Rice Cakes with Tomato Basil Relish for a fabulous vegetarian weeknight repast.


crispy pancetta rice cakes with tomato basil relish


But wait what dinner did the leftover rice for your fritters come from?  Why that would be Monday’s side dish for Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork and Roasted Asian Broccoli.  I shared a picture of the whole meal below.

What a fabulous way to use up some plain rice leftovers and turn it into a brand new meal!

Keep reading to see what’s on the rest of the World Tour Week’s menu.  If you’re serious about eating fabulous dinners all week long, then you’ll love my Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner Series.



weekday gourmand's meal plannerI’m thrilled to introduce you to a new series I’ll be featuring here at Ingredients For A Fabulous Life.  The Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner features 7 days of gourmet dinner menus, not just one recipe per day.

Periodically I’ll add a new week of fresh and creative gourmet menus and recipes for you to try at home.  I think you’ll love the “Weekday Gourmand” meal planning concept I’ve come up with for you.

Not only do you eat fabulous meals every night, my menu plans are created to use up all your ingredients too!  Yes, you’ll need some pancetta for WEEKNIGHT BEEF BOURGUIGNON and HARICOTS VERTS WITH SHALLOT- PANCETTA BUTTER on Thursday. 

But you’ll use up the rest making CRISPY PANCETTA RICE CAKES WITH TOMATO BASIL RELISH the very next day.  It’s just that simple!


Check out the entire Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner “WORLD TOUR WEEK” menus:

  • MONDAY – Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork, Rice w/Green Onions & Almonds, Roasted Asian Broccoli
  • TUESDAY – Mushroom Butternut Barley Risotto, Pineapple Spears with Salted Caramel Sauce & Toasted Almonds
  • WEDNESDAY – Steamed Chinese BBQ Pork Bao Buns or Pan-Fried Chinese BBQ Pork Dumplings, Simple Asian Slaw
  • THURSDAY – Weeknight Beef Bourguignon, Overnight Thyme-Parmesan Polenta and Haricots Verts with Pancetta-Shallot Butter
  • FRIDAY – Crispy Pancetta Rice Cakes with Tomato-Basil Relish, Cranberry Caramel Baked Apples
  • SATURDAY – Beef Bourguignon Barley Soup, Blue Cheese Toasts
  • SUNDAY – Roman Gnocchi with Mediterranean Vegetable Sauce, Green Apple & Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese and Sugared Walnuts


chinese bbq pork with roasted Asian broccoli



So, now you’ve got an arsenal filled with 15 fabulous weeknight gourmet recipes.  That’s great, but how do you work the “menu plan” itself?

I created my printable Weekday Gourmand’s 9 Page Meal Planner to help you execute the entire week’s menus.  Here’s what it contains, and how it will help you have a stress-free week of gourmet meals.  I’ve done all the thinking, planning and calculating for the whole week’s menu, so you won’t have to.  weekday gourmand's menu planner

  • “World Tour Week” Menu with Reused Ingredient Notations
  • Grocery Shopping Checklist with quantities noted
  • Post-Grocery Shopping Meal Prep Tasks to keep weeknights simple
  • Daily Meal Prep List
  • “Next Day’s Meal” Tasks to give you a head start on tomorrow’s dinner
  • Meal Planner Worksheet for you to make notes and help plan your week
  • Custom “Weekday Gourmand” 5″ x 7″ blank recipe cards because I love my readers!



Want to read more about the “WEEKDAY GOURMAND MEAL PLANNER”?


Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner – World Tour Week Menus 


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cranberry caramel baked apples

Cranberry and Caramel Baked Apples

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Tangy Autumn apple halves topped with plumped dried cranberries, crystallized ginger and nuts are baked until crisp-tender for a delicious weeknight treat. Before serving, the baked apples are drizzled with homemade Salted Caramel Sauce! For a weekday dessert, who knew?


  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries, plumped in hot water
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. crystallized ginger, diced
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 4 large baking apples (jonagold, honeycrisp, braeburn, winesap, pink lady)
  • Salted Caramel Sauce (recipe in baked apple post)


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine all the ingredients, except for the apples, in a small bowl, Mix well to combine all the ingredients with the butter.
  2. Halve and core apples. Place on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, cut-sides up.
  3. Divide the topping among the apple halves and press firmly into the surface.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes, for until the apples are crisp-tender when pierced with tip of sharp knife.
  5. Let baked apples stand for 5 minutes and then drizzle lavishly with salted caramel sauce and serve.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 444Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 8mgSodium 116mgCarbohydrates 87gFiber 8gSugar 73gProtein 4g

Calorie and fat counts will vary with ingredients and amount of caramel sauce used.

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