24 October, 2009

Maple Baked Apples

This recipe comes from the Real Simple magazine.

Image from Real Simple
Gala and Rome Beauty apples are ideal for baking because they retain their shape.

4 large apples
1/4 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) walnut pieces
2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Ice cream (optional)

  • Heat oven to 400° F.
  • Using a paring knife, remove the cores and trim about a 1/2-inch slice from the bottom of each apple, so they sit flat. 
  • Place the apples in an ovenproof skillet or 8- to 9-inch baking dish. Drizzle with the syrup.
  • Divide the walnuts and raisins among the apples, filling the cavities, and place any extra in the dish. 
  • Dot the apples with the butter. Bake until tender, 40 to 50 minutes. 
  • If using a baking dish, pour the liquid from the dish into a skillet. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until it thickens slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Spoon the sauce over the warm apples and serve with the ice cream, if desired.

Yield: Makes 4 servings

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