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Stuffed Granny Smiths With Maple Sauce

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia E. DeGaris
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 apple and 2 tablespoons sauce)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dried sweet cherries
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin-pie spice
  • 8 Granny Smith apples (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine, melted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 307
  • caloriesfromfat 13 %
  • fat 4.4 g
  • satfat 1.2 g
  • monofat 0.9 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 1.7 g
  • carbohydrate 69.5 g
  • fiber 5.7 g
  • cholesterol 4 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 29 mg
  • calcium 56 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl.

  3. Core apples three-fourths of the way through. (Do not cut through bottom.) Peel top half of each apple. Fill apples with cherry mixture. Place apples in a 12-inch cast-iron or heavy ovenproof skillet. Add the juice to skillet. Combine maple syrup and butter; pour over apples. Cover; bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Uncover; baste apples with juices from pan. Bake, uncovered, an additional 25 minutes or until tender. Serve with sauce.

  4. Note: Apples can also be baked in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.