Maple Baked Apples with dried fruit and nuts


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Why I Love This Recipe

When I first made this I omitted the nuts, because the kids hate nuts. I like it because it's sweet and good for kids, but not too unhealthy. Of course, I mitigated the healthy factor by adding a touch of cream to the sauce as it was cooling. Couldn't help it.

I found it took longer than 30 minutes to bake the apples. I used Galas, but Grannies, Golden D's, Jonathans, Braeburn, Pink Lady and Fuji are also recommended by Russ Parsons.

From L.A. Times, Sep't 12, 2007


Ingredients You'll Need

1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 T roughly chopped dried cherries
3 T chopped dried figs
2 T roughly chopped toasted sliced almonds
2 T roughly chopped pecans
6 large firm baking apples, cored but not peeled
3 T butter cut into 6 piecess
1/2 cup apple cider
2 T maple sugar


Directions

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix dry fruit, brown sugar and nuts in a small bowl.


2. Place the apples in a baking pan or casserole and stuff the cavities with the fruit/nut mixture.


Place butter on top.


3. Pour apple cider and maple syrup into bottom of pan, and bake the apples, basting every 5 to 7 minutes, until they are tender 25 to 35 minutes.


4. When apples are tender, transfer to a serving platter and cover with foil to keep warm.


Strain pan juicess into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.


Reduce heat and simmer until it becomes syrupy, about 5 to 10 minutes. Spoon over apples and serve.


Questions, Comments & Reviews


This is the first BakeSpace recipe I've tried and it was a big hit with our dinner party last night! It's easy and really tasty. Only one thing: in the list of ingredients maple sugar is listed but the instructions refer to maple syrup. I used syrup instead of the sugar but I might try it the other way next time and see if it's even maplier tasting with the sugar instead of syrup!


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