Baked Apples
Makes: 4 servings
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dried currants
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large apples, cored
  • ½ to 2 cups apple cider (depending on the size of your vessel)
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • Serve with Maple Ice Cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Use a small paring knife to open up the vanilla bean lengthwise. Then, use the tip of the knife to scrape the sticky inner seeds into a small bowl. (Save the pod for the next step.) Add the brown sugar, currants, almonds, cardamom, cinnamon, and salt to the bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Set the apples in a baking dish or roasting pan with the holes facing up. Stuff the holes to overflowing with the fruit/nut mixture. Pour the apple cider into the pan so that it comes about an inch up the apples. Throw the vanilla bean pod into the liquid, along with the cardamom pods, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Distribute the pieces of butter throughout the liquid.
  3. Bake the apples, uncovered, until they are soft and bursting, about an hour. Cool slightly, then remove the cardamom pods and vanilla bean pod from the liquid. Serve with lots of the baking liquid, topped with maple ice cream.
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