If a dessert were ever to be called "cozy" this would be the one — but it can also be a heart-healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Apples are high in fiber and antioxidants and some studies have shown that they may help lower LDL cholesterol if eaten daily.
Prep Time: 1 hour
4 large baking apples (Rome)
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ pecans, chopped
¼ raisins (or currants)
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
¾ cup water
Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Wash apples. Remove cores to 1/2 inch of the bottom of the apples. It helps if you have an apple corer, but if not, you can use a paring knife to cut out first the stem area, and then the core. Use a spoon to dig out the seeds. Make the holes about 3/4-inch to an inch wide. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, currants/raisins, and pecans. Place apples in a 8-inch-by-8-inch square baking pan. Stuff each apple with this mixture. Top with a dot of butter (1/4 of the Tbps). Add boiling water to the baking pan. Bake 30-40 minutes, until tender, but not mushy. Remove from the oven and baste the apples several times with the pan juices. Serve warm.
Nutritional Analysis: Calories 250, Protein 2g, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 1.5g, Cholesterol 5mg, Carbohydrates 49g, Fiber 7g, Sodium 10mg, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 4%, Iron 4%
Source: recipe adapted from and photo courtesy of www.simplyrecipes.com