Sunday, January 4, 2009

Cinnamon Honey Baked Apples with Walnuts and Raisins

Apples stuffed with brown sugar, cinnamon, apple pie spice, butter, walnuts and raisins or dried cranberries, and drizzled with honey.

Cinnamon Honey Baked Apples

In December, I purchased a Holiday Mixed Fruit gift box special that had 44 pieces of beautiful, juicy and delicious fruit - anjou pears, ruby red grapefruit, juice & navel oranges, tangerines & tangelos, and 16 apples, 4 different varieties. I thought that it was an amazing value!

We ate some, I used some in recipes like my pusharatas and in Mama's apple cake, gave some away with my other sweet holiday goodies, plus we've eaten some ... yet look at this huge bowl full that we still have left!

I can't bear for this to go bad, so I'd better get busy coming up with some ideas to use up all this fruit! I decided to start this morning with some baked apples. I used the Red Rome today.

Baked apples are so timeless and comforting and they're really super easy to make. Simply wash and scrub the apples and cut away just the upper part of the peeling. Core the apple about 3/4ths the way through, but make sure you don't cut all the way through.

If your apples aren't level, you can also shave off a bit from the bottom to make them stand up straight. Scoop out the insides of the apple core and then stuff with all the goodies! Drizzle with honey and bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until tender, basting occasionally. You may also slice up the apples, toss them with the ingredients and bake them in a casserole.

Stuffed with brown sugar, cinnamon, apple pie spice, butter, walnuts and raisins ...what could be better?

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Recipe: Cinnamon Honey Baked Apples with Walnuts and Raisins

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 40 min | Yield: 4 servings

  • 4 medium baking apples
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, plus extra for topping
  • 1/4 cup black or golden raisins or dried cranberries
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup orange or apple juice,, or plain water
  • Honey, to drizzle

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a pie plate or square pan with non-stick cooking spray. Wash apples and cut into the stem of each, using a spoon to scoop out the core and seeds, but taking care not to dig or cut through the bottom of the apple.

Mix together the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and apple pie spice until smooth. Add the walnuts and raisins or cranberries, stir and divide the mixture equally among the apples, stuffing the center of each. Place into the prepared pan.

Top each apple with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts and press them into the mixture. Give a generous drizzle of honey over the top of each apple. Add just enough juice or water to the pan to cover the bottom. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 30 to 40 minutes or until tender, basting occasionally.

Sliced Baked Apple Variation: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Core and slice unpeeled apples into 8 wedges. Butter a 2 quart casserole dish. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and apple pie spice and toss with the apples, along with 2 tablespoons of honey, the walnuts and raisins; transfer to the prepared casserole. Add just enough water to the pan to cover the bottom and thinly slice cold butter, scattering on top. Cover tightly and bake at 375 degrees F for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until apples are tender.

For the Crockpot: Place the prepared apples in a slow cooker and add 1/2 cup of warm apple or orange juice or water all around apples. Cover and cook on low 1-1/2 to 2 hours, or until the apples are tender. Total time will depend on size of apples.


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