Recipe: Baked Stuffed Apples with Maple Cream

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It can be hard to stick to your health resolutions during the holidays, when we're all surrounded by treats and sweets filled with butter, cream, and sugar. Rather than depriving yourself or completely giving up on your healthy eating goals, try satisfying your sweet tooth with these healthier, naturally gluten-free baked apples. Stuffed with dates and pecans, then doused in a delicious maple-mascarpone sauce, they are elegant enough to serve at a holiday gathering, yet still wholesome and satisfying.

Recipe: Baked Stuffed Apples with Maple Cream

Photo by Katie Morris

Serves 4

What You'll Need:

4 apples, peeled
8 dried, pitted dates, finely chopped
1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, chilled
2 tablespoons maple syrup

What to Do: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop out the core of each apple, making sure you get all the seeds out. Discard the cores, and place the apples in a small roasting pan.
  3. Toss together the chopped dates and pecans, and divide the mixture into four parts. Stuff the hollowed-out center of each apple with some of the mixture.
  4. Press 1/2 tablespoon of butter onto the top of each apple, followed by 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar.
  5. Pour the apple cider into the roasting pan around the apples and place in the oven.
  6. Roast the apples for 45 minutes, using a spoon to drizzle some of the apple cider over the apples every 15 minutes to keep them moist.
  7. Five minutes before the apples are done, whip together the mascarpone and the maple syrup. Remove the apples from the oven and place in individual bowls. Top with a few generous spoonfuls of the maple-mascarpone. Serve warm.

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Photos by Katie Morris

 

 

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