6 large, firm baking apples (ie – Cortland, Granny Smith)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup assorted dried fruits, chopped (ie – raisins, figs, prunes, etc.)
¼ cup chopped nuts (ie – walnuts, pecans, almonds)
3 Tbs unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
½ cup apple cider
2 Tbs maple syrup
When the oven is at approximately 400F….
Core, but do not peel the apples.
Mix together the brown sugar, dried fruit, and nuts. Place the apples into a shallow casserole dish or pie plate and stuff their cavities with the fruit and nut mix. Place a piece of butter on top of each apple.
Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into the bottom of the baking pan and bake the apples, basting every 5 to 7 minues, until they are tender, about 20 minutes. If they are browning too much, cover them with tin foil until they are tender.
When the apple are finished, you may remove them from the dish, and return the syrup to the oven to reduce into a syrup to serve with the apples.