Maple Baked Apples

There are no words to describe how delicious this is! Just make it. And don’t say I didn’t tell you so when you are eating the raisins and the walnuts from the bottom of the pan.

*Gala and Rome Beauty apples are ideal for baking because they retain their shape.

4 large apples
¾ cup maple syrup
½ cup (about 2 ounces) walnut pieces
¼ cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Ice Cream (optional)

Heat oven to 400F. Using a paring knife, remove the cores and trim about a ½ inch slice from the bottom of each apple, so they sit flat. Place the apples in an ovenproof skillet or 8- to 9-inch baking dish.  Dot the apples with the butter. Bake until tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Spoon the sauce over the warm apples and serve with the ice cream, if desired.