Monday, February 1, 2010

Baked Apples

Apples and pork are terrific partners. This dish reminds me of my grandmother, who used to make baked apples for us from fruit that we picked in her backyard. I served them as a side, but you could also top them with ice cream for dessert. They are super simple but look impressive. I hollow out the center of the apples with a melon baller, leaving the bottom of the apple intact. (This has 3 points per apple.) Enjoy!

Baked Apples
3 Granny Smith apples, hollowed out
9 tsp. oatmeal
9 tsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. butter, cut into 6 small pieces
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 cup apple juice

1. Place apples in baking dish. Spoon 1 1/2 tsp. oatmeal into each apple; spoon 1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar into each apple. Top with 1 piece of butter, and sprinkle with allspice. Repeat layers of oatmeal, brown sugar, and butter pieces. Pour apple juice into baking dish.
2. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until apples are tender.

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