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Baked Apples

Author/Submitted by: The Joy of Cooking 2002 Calendar
Servings: 4
Categories: Apples / Desserts / Fruits / Haven't Tried

4    tart apples, firm
1/3  cup  brown sugar
1/4  cup  chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
1/4  cup  raisins, optional
    grated zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
1/4  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
1 1/2  tablespoons  unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3  cup  water or fresh sweet cider
    heavy or light cream, or vanilla ice cream

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Core apples through the top, stopping 1/2 inch from the bottom.

2. Set the apples in a shallow 1 to 1 1/2-quart baking dish, just large enough to hold them without touching.

3. Combine brown sugar, walnuts, raisins, lemon zest, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

4. Spoon mixture into the apples and scatter any that is left into the pan. Dot butter on top of apples. Pour water or cider into the pan.

5. Cover tightly with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake about 30 minutes. Uncover, baste with the syrup in the bottom of the pan, and bake until tender but not mushy, about 10 minutes more, depending on the variety. Place the apples on serving plates and spoon the syrup over them. Serve warm or room temperature. If desired, accompany with heavy or light cream, or vanilla ice cream.

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