Baked Apples with Apple Caramel
On a cool, fall day, nothing beats the aroma of cinnamon and apples baking. In fact, sometimes I just place some apple peels, a cinnamon stick and some lemon on the stove in a bit of water to simmer – just so the house smells wonderful (fewer calories that way too)! After a trip to a local farm, I decided to make baked apples for the family. Baked apples are easy to make and healthier than apple pie. these are so delicious, you won’t even miss the rich pastry of a pie.
Not quite a “recipe” but more a method, this makes 4 servings.
4 Apples, washed and cored, hollowed out – but not cut all the way through. In a small bowl, mix together: 4 Tabl. Brown Sugar 3/4 tsp. Cinnamon 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg 2 Tabl. Raisins or Currents 2 Tabl. Pecans or Walnuts (optional)
Place the apples in a 8″ X 8″ pan. Divide the sugar and spice mixture between the four apples, stuffing it down in the hollow. Place 1 tsp. cold butter on top of each apple. Pour 1/2 cup of Apple Cider in the pan. Without covering, place the apple sin a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 40 – 45 minutes or until tender.
Remove the warm apples from the pan and plate. Empty the remaining cider into a small pan and on medium temperature, reduce the cider by half. Whisk in 2 Tabl. cold butter to form the caramel. Spoon the caramel over the apples and serve.