Apples, Baked

This recipe for baked apples, is inexpensive, easy to cook and a pleasant dessert. It can be varied by adding cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves or mace to the sugar. Dried fruit may be substituted for the sugar or the apples may be basted with dry sherry during the baking and served with sherry-flavoured custard sauce.

4 cooking apples light brown sugar water butter

Preheat the oven to moderate 350°F (Gas Mark 4, 180°C).

Wash the apples and with an apple corer remove the cores. Peel off about 1 inch of skin from the tops of the apples.

Arrange the apples in a baking dish and fill the centres with sugar. Top each apple with a little butter and pour enough water into the baking dish to a depth of

½ inch.

Bake the apples for about 30 minutes or until they are soft, basting frequently with the syrup in the baking dish. Serve hot or cold.

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