Spiced Baked Apples With Maple Caramel Sauce


  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter, more for pan
  • 4 tart baking apples, like Winesap or Empire
  • cup plus 4 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons chopped pecans
  • 4 teaspoons chopped golden raisins
  • ¼ cup dry white wine or water
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 1/4-inch-thick slice fresh ginger root
  • 1 2-inch piece cinnamon stick
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

      267 calories; 5 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 1 gram monounsaturated fat; 0 grams polyunsaturated fat; 55 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams dietary fiber; 45 grams sugars; 0 grams protein; 10 milligrams cholesterol; 8 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

4 servings


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a small cake or baking pan. Use a vegetable peeler to peel a strip of skin from around stem of each apple. Use a melon baller or grapefruit spoon to scoop out core of each apple, leaving at least 1/4 inch at base. Stand apples in pan and use a paring knife to make 6 vertical cuts surrounding cavity, being sure not to pierce through bottom of apple.
  2. Place 1 teaspoon butter and 1 teaspoon maple syrup into cavity of each apple. Mix together brown sugar, pecans and raisins, and stuff 1/4 of this mixture into each apple. Pour remaining maple syrup and the wine into bottom of pan, and add cardamom, cloves, ginger and cinnamon.
  3. Bake apples, basting with liquid in pan every 5 to 7 minutes, until tender yet not collapsed, 45 minutes to an hour. Serve warm or at room temperature, with custard if desired.
  • Apples can be made without the filling of brown sugar, pecans and raisins.

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