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    Best Baked Apples

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    strawberrybird's Note:

    This recipe from Cook's Illustrated takes a little more work than regular baked apples, but the effort is well worth it. The result is a crisp, flavorful apple.

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    Serves: 6



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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 375°F.
    2. 2
      Peel, core, and cut 1 apple into 1/4-inch dice.
    3. 3
      Combine 5 tbsp butter, brown sugar, cranberries, pecans, orange zest, oats, cinnamon, and diced apple in a large bowl; set aside.
    4. 4
      Shave a thin slice off the bottom of the remaining six apples so they sit flat. Cut top 1/2 inch off stem end of apples and reserve. Peel apples and use a melon baller or small measuring spoon to remove 1 2/-inch diameter core, being careful not to cut through the bottom of the apple.
    5. 5
      Melt remaining butter in 12-inch ovensafe skillet over medium heat. Once foaming subsides, add apples, stem-side down, and cook until cut surface is golden brown, about 3 minutes.
    6. 6
      Flip apples, reduce heat to low, and spoon filling inside, mounding excess filling over cavities; top with reserved apple caps.
    7. 7
      Add maple syrup and 1/3 cup cider to skillet. Transfer skillet to oven, and bake 35-40 minutes, or until skewer inserted into apple meets little resistance. Baste even 10 minutes with maple syrup mixture in skillet.
    8. 8
      Transfer apples to serving platter. Stir up to 2 tbsp remaining cider into sauce to adjust consistency. Pour sauce over apples and serve.

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    Nutritional Facts for Best Baked Apples

    Serving Size: 1 (286 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 321.5
    Calories from Fat 147
    Total Fat 16.3 g
    Saturated Fat 7.7 g
    Cholesterol 30.5 mg
    Sodium 8.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 46.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
    Sugars 36.6 g
    Protein 1.5 g

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