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Brown Sugar Baked Apples

September 21, 2012
by Shannon Hepburn

Brown Sugar Baked Apples
  • 8 large apples of your choice
  • ½ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • Strafford Vanilla Ice Cream (optional)
  1. Peel skin off top quarter of each apple. Using melon baller, scoop out core, leaving bottom intact. Stand apples in 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Mix sugar and spices in bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons mixture. Fill apple cavities with remaining sugar mixture. Spoon ½ tablespoon maple syrup into each cavity. Scatter 3 tablespoons butter pieces over apples. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover; chill.)
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour ½ cup water into pan with apples. Bake apples 35 minutes. Add reserved 2 tablespoons sugar mixture, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon butter, and ½ cup water to pan. Bake until apples are tender when pierced with skewer, about 25 minutes longer. Transfer apples to 8 bowls. Place baking pan atop 2 burners (or scrape the pan juices into a sauce pan); boil over medium-high heat until syrupy, about 2 minutes. Spoon sauce over apples. Serve with ice cream, if desired.
  3. Serves 8