Stuffed Apples with Cider Chipotle Syrup
When apple season started this year, I was especially excited for the honeycrisps! I cannot get enough of them, and although they are wonderful for simply snacking on as is, I love to use them in desserts. I decided to share my recipe for baked apples because it is perfect on a chilly night to warm you from the inside. This easy to cook recipe, I kicked up the apple cooking syrup a notch with some chipotle pepper and chili flakes, because I feel the warming go beautifully with the sweet apple and maple syrup. If you are not a fan of heat, you can omit the spice, and your apples will still be delicious. If you wish to guild the lily, serve this with some ice cream!
Amy currently works in our deli contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan dessert and food blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She is also a cookbook author, of the books Just Vegan Cakes, Fragrant Vanilla Cake: Sweet and Savory and Rawlicious Desserts. She specializes in raw, vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local,fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place apples in small baking dish and stuff the walnut mixture into them.
Mix walnuts, dates, dried cherries, and sea salt together in a small bowl until well combined.
Whisk together apple cider, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground chipotle, red pepper flakes, and pour over the apples.
Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes covered, then uncover and bake another 15 or so until the apples are tender. Remove from oven, and place apples on a serving plate.
Pour liquid into a small saucepan and reduce until syrupy. Once reduced, add 1 tsp vanilla. Drizzle over apples to serve!
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