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Baked apples stuffed with dried fruit and pecans

Posted on: December 10, 2009

Here’s something delightful to serve during the holidays from the Food Channel.  A traditional dish served during the days of Charles Dickens.

Ingredients
8 red apples (gala or rome beauty)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ cup finely chopped dried apricots
4 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
4 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
4 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 2 pieces
1 cup apple cider

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Core apples. Peel about 1/3 down the apple. Stand apples up in a large ceramic or glass pie plate and make 4 evenly spaced vertical cuts starting from top of each apple and stopping halfway from bottom to keep apple intact. Brush inside and outside of peeled apple with lemon juice.
  3. Toss together apricots, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmet in a bowl. Rub softened butter into dried fruit mixture with your fingers until combined well. Pack center of each apple with mixture. Put a piece of remaining butter on top of each apple. Pour cider around apples and cover pie plate tightly with foil.
  4. Bake in middle of oven, basting once, until apples are just tender when pierced with a fork, about 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until apples are very tender but not falling apart, 20-30 minutes more.
  5. Transfer to serving dishes and spoon sauce over and around apples.

Why try? This holiday sweet is packed with wholesome goodness of fruits and nuts.

Foodie Byte: Try placing the apples on the turkey platter for a lovely and tasty garnish.

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