Whitesburg KY

Perfect baked apples for fall

Studded with tart dried cherries, these baked apple are the perfect sweet ending to a fast fall dinner.

Microwave-Baked Apples

with Dried Cherries

4 large (8 ounces each) Fuji or Gala apples

4 teaspoons margarine or butter

1/4 cup dried cherries

4 teaspoons water or apple cider

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice

1/4 cup walnuts (optional), chopped

1. With apple corer, core apples, but don’t cut through to bottoms. Beginning at stem end, peel apples one-third of the way down. Stand apples in 8-inch by 8- inch glass baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate. Fill center of each apple with 1 teaspoon margarine, 1 tablespoon dried cherries and 1 teaspoon water.

2. In cup, combine sugar and apple pie spice; sprinkle over apples in dish. Cover with waxed paper, and cook in microwave on Medium-High (70 percent power) 14 minutes or until apples are very tender when tested with fork.

3. Let apples stand, covered, 5 minutes. If you like, sprinkle with chopped walnuts to serve. Serves 4.

• Each serving: About 150 calories, 4g total fat (1g saturated), 50mg sodium, 32g total carbohydrate, 5g dietary fiber, 50g protein.

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