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Maple Sugar Baked Apples

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We are in the middle of prime time apple picking season!  A wonderful family activity, you can find orchards via Local Harvest. A few friends went apple picking and look at what they brought back!

Made these last weekend with some apples I had on hand, and the results were so popular am making again for a dinner party this Friday night.  Apple picking, baking, and eating = a perfect weekend to ring in fall!

Maple Sugar Baked Apples

Ingredients:

  • 8 large baking Apples  (such as Cortland or Golden Delicious)
  • ½ cup Maple Sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 6 Tbsp. Coombs Family Farms 100% pure organic maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp  unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ – ½  cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

Peel skin off top quarter of each apple.  Core apple, leaving bottom intact.  Stand apples in 13x9x2-inch baking pan.  Mix sugar and spice in bowl.  Reserve 2 Tbsp mixture.  Fill apple cavities with remaining sugar mixture and raisins if desired.  Spoon ½ Tbsp maple syrup into each cavity.  Scatter 3 Tbsp butter piece over apple.  (can be made up to 4 hours ahead. Cover & chill)

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Pour ½ water into pan with apples.  Bake apples 35 minutes.  Add reserve 2 Tbsp sugar mixture, 2  Tbsp maple syrup, 1 Tbsp butter, and ½ cup water to pan.  Bake until apples are tender when pierced with skewer, about 25 minutes longer.  Transfer apples to 8 bowls.  Place baking pan atop 2 burners: boil over medium-high heat until syrupy, about 2 minutes.  Drizzle sauce over apples.  Serve with maple whip cream, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings

Maple Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (16 fl. Oz.) Heavy Cream
  • ¼ to ½ cup Coombs Family Farms 100% pure organic maple syrup*

Directions:

Whip cream, fold in Maple

*Substitute Maple Syrup for 1 ½ cups of Coombs Family Farms 100% pure organic maple sugar