Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Baked Stuffed Caramel Nut Apples

Why not bake and stuff your apples this year? There is less peeling, and chopping, and more time to spend eating these delicious, hot, creation!

Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/quintanaroo/1958774633/

You'll Need:

1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup apple cider
1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
Caramel squares for melting
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 medium apples (7 to 8 ounces each)

(Makes 4 apples)

  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the apples on a cutting board. With a sharp knife, carefully cut the top 1/2-inch from each apple.
  3. Using an apple corer or a small melon baler, scoop out the stem, core, and seeds from each apple, leaving the bottom intact.
  4. Stand the apples in a 9-inch square baking dish, cut side up.
  5. Divide the coarsely chopped nuts among the apples, about 2 tablespoons of nuts per apple.
  6. Warm caramel squares in microwavable bowl or double boiler.
  7. Place 1 1/2 teaspoons of the butter inside each apple, on top of the nut pieces, and then generous spoonful of warm caramel.
  8. optional: In a small bowl, whisk together the cider and sugar and pour the cider mixture over and around the apples.This will make apples extra juicy!
  9. Using oven mitts or pot holders, place the baking dish in the oven and bake the apples uncovered until tender, about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  10. Using oven mitts or pot holders, carefully remove the apples from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
  11. Serve hot or warm, spooning the pan juices over the apples, and add vanilla ice cream if you want!
Enjoy this delicious dessert with your family ;)


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