Maple Sugar Baked Apples

  • 8 large baking Apples (such as Cortland or Golden Delicious)
  • ½ cup Maple Sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 6 tbs. Brown Family Farm 100% pure maple syrup
  • 4 tbs. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ – ½ cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup water

Peel skin off top quarter of each apple. Core apple, leaving bottom intact. Stand apples in 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Mix sugar and spice in bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons mixture. Fill apple cavities with remaining sugar mixture and raisins if desired. Spoon ½ tablespoon maple syrup into each cavity. Scatter 3 tablespoons butter piece over apple. (can be made up to 4 hours ahead. Cover & chill)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Pour ½ water into pan with apples. Bake apples 35 minutes. Add reserve 2 tablespoons sugar mixture, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon butter, and ½ cup water to pan. Bake until apples are tender when pierced with skewer, about 25 minutes longer. Transfer apples to 8 bowls. Place baking pan atop 2 burners: boil over medium-high heat until syrupy, about 2 minutes. Drizzle sauce over apples. Serve with maple whip cream, if desired. 8 servings.