baked apples

baked apples
{ yes, those are pats of butter on top }

while at the lake a few weeks ago, my sister-in-law to be and i spent much time in the kitchen. she came prepared with a recipe that she'd gotten from the today show. i'd never made baked apples before, but these were wonderful... definitely a keeper. this recipe is more involved than other similar recipes but was a perfect project for the two of us. i highly recommend you save this one for a chilly night to come. not only are they delicious, but they will make your house smell delightful as well!

baked apples stuffed with almonds, walnuts and amaretti cookies
with caramelized apple cider and maple syrup sauce

ingredients

stuffed apples
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 cups amaretti cookies roughly chopped (we used gingersnaps)
3 tablespoons roughly chopped sliced toasted almonds
3 tablespoons roughly chopped toasted walnuts
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons amaretto liqueur
1 whole egg
1/2 cup melted sweet unsalted butter
1/2 cup milk
6 large, firm baking apples, such as cortland apples, cored but not peeled
3 tablespoons salted butter, cut into 6 pieces
1 1/2 cups apple cider
1/2 cup maple syrup
mascarpone cream

mascarpone cream
1 container of mascarpone (500 g)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

directions

stuffed apples
01. preheat oven to 400 degrees. in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cookies, almonds, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, amaretto liqueur, egg, melted butter and milk. soak all ingredients in the milk and mix well until all ingredients are soft to the touch.
02. stuff apples with amaretti cookie and nut mixture (our apples were smaller so we had lots of this leftover)
03. place apples in a 13 x 9-inch glass baking pan. pour in apple cider and maple syrup. top each apple with a pat of butter and bake.
04. baste apples every 5 to 7 minutes until apples are tender, about 30 to 45 minutes. when apples are done, set aside and cover with foil to keep warm.
05. pour the pan juice into a small saucepan, bring to boil, lower heat and simmer mixture until it becomes a thick syrup. pour syrup over each apple, top with mascarpone cream and serve.

mascarpone cream
mix 1 container of mascarpone with 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

{ok, does anyone else love going down a list of directions and reading the verbs? stuff, place, baste, pour... what a neat little collection of kitchen words!}