Baked Apples

This simple dish is welcome on any autumn day, but we especially like it on Thanksgiving morning. I have a friend who makes these in the crockpot, but we had to double the recipe to satisfy our crew, so it goes into the oven here, but you can prep it the night before and bake them first thing in the morning. 

ENCORE BAKED APPLES                        serves 12

Set out a 9x13 pan. Select and wash:

 12 medium size (about 4 lbs.) firm cooking apples.

Core by inserting corer in stem end and cutting toward blossom end. Push halfway into apple. Remove corer and insert into opposite end.Make a complete turn with corer in both ends. Remove all the core. Pare upper fourth of each apple. Arrange apples in dish, pared sides up. 

Mix together:

1 1/2 C. firmly packed brown sugar

4 tsp. cinnamon 

Fill cavity of each apple with about 2 Tbs. Cinnamon sugar. Allowing about 1/2 tsp. For each apple, dot tops with:

2 Tbs. butter

Pour water into dish to a depth of 1/2 inch. Unsweetened fruit juice can be used instead part or all of water. 

Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 for 45-50 min., or until apples are tender when gently pierced with a fork.

It looks like most of the sugar stays in the pan.

© Being Fruitful, 2012