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Easy Baked Apples

Ingredients

  • 7 baking apples (Cortland, Jonagold, Gala, Fuji, Honey Crisp, Rome Beauties, Granny Smith)
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit of your choice, chopped if large - raisins, craisins, dates, apricots, dates are all good here
  • 1/4 cup nuts - pecans, walnuts, almonds
  • 1 Tbsp crystaliized ginger, finely chopped - optional but a very nice addition or 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil or butter
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Recipe

Preheat oven to 375. While oven is heating prepare apples by cutting a small cap off of six of the apples, remove and ring of peel from around the tops of the apples. Using a small paring knife or melon baller remove core from apples. Remove peel from 7th apple and finely chop flesh into 1/4" pieces.

Place chopped apple, dried fruit, nuts, ginger or cinnamon, brown sugar, oats and 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil or butter in bowl and mix.

Heat remaing Tbsp coconut oil or butter in cast iron skillet that is large enough to hold the six apples. When hot place apples top-side down in skillet to brown tops. Once brown flip and stuff apple/fruit/nut/oat filling into cavities. Mix apple cide and maple syrup together and pour cider over apples. Place caps on top.

Place skillet in oven and bake 30-60 minutes (depends on apple type and size), basting occasionally with liquid that accumulates, until easily pierced with a skewer.

Let cool 15 minutes and serve with yogurt, ice cream or whipped cream.

Tested and approved by Boston Organics (Beth Harris)

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