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Heavenly Baked Apples

  • Servings: 4

An oven bag makes it possible to assemble and get this mouthwatering dessert baking so you can sit down to a relaxing dinner. No need to get up and baste the apples, the oven bag locks in the moisture as the stuffing flavors are infused into the apple. All those heavenly aromas greet you when you open the bag. After serving and cooling, gather up the bag and lift it out of the dish. Cleanup is easy with no scrubbing needed.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups apricot nectar
  • 1/3 cup snipped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons dried cherries or cranberries
  • 4 medium baking apples (such as Rome or Winesap)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Flour
  • Disposable oven bag

Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Combine apricot nectar, dried apricots, and dried cherries or cranberries in a small saucepan. Bring to boiling. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Drain fruit, reserving liquid.

Step 3

Meanwhile, core apples almost through to bottom. Peel a strip about 1 inch wide around the middle of each. Use the tines of a fork to make a crisscross or wavy pattern in the peeled apple. Place disposable oven bag in a 2-quart square baking dish according to package directions, shaking at least a tablespoon of flour in the bag. Cut six 1/2-inch slits in top of bag. Place apples in bag.

Step 4

Combine the drained fruit mixture, sugar, and nutmeg. Spoon into centers of apples. Combine reserved liquid, cardamom, and vanilla; pour over and around apples. Close the oven bag. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender. Cut open top of bag and remove apples to serving plate. Spoon liquid over apples. Serve warm. Makes 4 servings.

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