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Stuffed Apples

A large firm apple that holds its shape well works in this recipe. Rome Beauty is excellent, as are Pippins and Virginia Gold.


4 large apples2 tbsp butter2 tbsp brown sugar1/2 tsp cinnamonNutmeg to taste2 tbsp minced dried apricots2 tbsp dried cherries2 tbsp chopped pecans or walnuts


Core 4 large apples for baking. Peel or not as desired and place in baking dish.Cream 2 Tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons brown sugar with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg to taste. Combine with 2 tablespoons minced dried apricots, 2 tablespoons dried cherries and 2 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts.Stuff apples with fruit mixture. Pour 3/4 cup fresh unfiltered apple cider around apples and bake at 350 degrees for one hour, basting with liquid several times.Serve warm or cool with creme fraiche laced with calvados, or a custard sauce flavored similarly.