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Spiced Baked Apples

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Diner
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Active Time:  10 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 15 Minutes
  Serves 6
Glance at the dessert display in almost any diner and you’re likely to see individual dishes of gleaming baked apples. For a more refined version of this time-honored dessert, peel the top third of the skin and sprinkle with cinnamon.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For the Filling:
1/4 cup pecan halves
1/3 cup unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped dried apricots
2 tablespoons golden raisins
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

6 baking apples, such as Rome Beauty
1 cup apple juice
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DIRECTIONS
FOR THE FILLING:
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the pecan halves on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool and chop coarsely. Set aside. Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees F.


In a small bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Using your fingertips or a wooden spoon, mix to a paste-like consistency. Stir in the toasted nuts, apricots, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg. Set aside.


TO ASSEMBLE:
Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each apple so that it will stand upright. Working from the stem ends and using a sharp knife, core the apples without piercing the bottoms.


Using a small spoon, stuff the mixture into the cored apples, dividing it equally. Smooth the tops and cover just the filling with aluminum foil.


Place the apples in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Pour the apple juice into the dish. Bake, basting with the dish juices every 15 minutes, until tender when pierced with a knife, 45-60 minutes.


TO SERVE:
Transfer the baked apples to a platter or individual serving dishes and serve immediately.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6
Calories: 277
Fat. Total: 15g
Fiber: 3g
Carbohydrates, Total: 39g
Sodium: 10mg
% Cal. from Fat: 49%
Cholesterol: 31mg
Protein: 1g
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