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 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.

 

 


Servings: 4

Prep Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

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





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