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Autumn Baked Apples


  • 1 cup butter, melted

  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup cranberry-apple juice

  • 1/2 cup whiskey

  • 2 chopped ripe pears

  • 1/2 cup pitted dried plums, chopped

  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • 8 medium Gala apples


1. In a large bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar, juice and whiskey until blended. Stir in the pears, dried plums and raisins.

2. Cut a 1/2-in. slice off the top of each apple. Hollow out the remaining apple, reserving centers and leaving a 1/2-in. thick shell. Chop centers, discarding center cores and seeds. Add chopped apple to pear mixture; toss to combine.

3. Place hollowed out apples in a greased 13x9 inch baking dish. Fill with pear mixture; spoon remaining mixture around apples.

4. Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 45-50 minutes or until the apples are tender. Remove apples to dessert plates. Transfer remaining fruit mixture to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook for 10-15 minutes or until liquid is syrupy. Spoon over apples.

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