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Brown Sugar Maple Baked Apples

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“This is a delicious, good old-fashioned southern style baked apple and it makes a wonderful sauce! I have used both, Golden Delicious and Rome Beauties with excellent results. I have also added raisins soaked in rum or Grand Marnier right into the core cavity. I like it with a good vanilla ice cream, but whipped cream is just as yummy. Can easily halve this recipe if needed. This is adapted from Bon Appetit magazine, Oct. 2001.”
READY IN:
1hr 25mins
SERVES:
8
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Peel skin off top quarter of each apple. Using melon baller, scoop out core, leaving bottom intact.
  2. Stand apples in 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Mix sugar and spices in bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons mixture.
  3. Fill apple cavities with remaining sugar mixture. Spoon 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup into each cavity.
  4. Scatter 3 tablespoons butter pieces over apples. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover; chill.)
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Pour water into pan with apples, then add reserved 2 T. sugar mixture, 2 T. maple syrup, and 1 T. butter.
  7. Bake until apples are tender when pierced with skewer, about 1 hour. Transfer apples to 8 bowls.
  8. Place baking pan atop 2 burners; boil over medium-high heat until syrupy, about 2 minutes.
  9. Spoon sauce over apples. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

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