If you like apple pie, you’ll love our easy recipe for baked apples, stuffed with dried fruit and walnuts, sweetened with honey and scented with cinnamon. Basting the apples with rum as they cook helps enhance the dessert’s flavors.

Try your baked apples warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or let them cool and chill them in the refrigerator before serving.

Date and Nut Stuffed Baked Apples

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4 medium sweet-tart apples, such as Pink Lady

1 tsp. lemon juice

4 tsp. chopped dried dates

2 tsp. honey

 4 tsp. chopped walnuts

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 Tbs. butter, cut into 4 pieces

1/2 cup dark rum

Preheat oven to 350 ºF.

Core apples, leaving bottoms intact. Remove about 1/2” peel from top of apples. Stand apples in an 8” square baking dish.

Sprinkle lemon juice over apples. Fill apples with dates, honey and walnuts. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Top with butter. Pour rum into bottom of baking dish.

Bake 30 to 40 minutes, spooning liquid from pan over apples twice during cooking, until apples are softened. Serve warm or chilled.

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