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Maple Baked Apples with dried fruit and nuts

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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

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.

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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

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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