Baked Cinnamon Apples With Goat Cheese & Honey

baked apple recipeI know what you're thinking: How in the world is it September 1 already? Where did summer go? The only good thing about the impending end of summer is that autumn is just around the corner. And there's no better way to celebrate the transition of seasons than with this recipe for Baked Cinnamon Apples With Goat Cheese & Honey. Mmmm, it's so warm and comforting ... summer?

Who cares about summer?

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Baked Cinnamon Apples With Goat Cheese & Honey adapted from Emeril Lagasse

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 4 large apples
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Finely chopped toasted walnuts

Instructions:

1. In a small saucepan, heat at the brandy over medium heat. Place the raisins in a bowl and cover with the warm brandy. Let sit until plumped, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid.

2. In a small bowl, mash the goat cheese, honey, lemon peel, and 2 teaspoons of the reserved brandy until smooth. Add the raisins and mix until well blended. Refrigerate until slightly firm, about 20 minutes.

3. Scoop out the stems, cores, and seeds from the apples, leaving the bottoms intact. Using a paring knife, peel the skin from the top inch of the apple. Stand in a baking dish.

4. Divide the goat cheese mixture into 4 equal portions and stuff into the apples.

5. In a bowl, whisk together the cider, sugar, cinnamon and the remaining reserved brandy. Pour over the apples. Bake uncovered until the apples are tender, 45 to 40 minutes, basting every 10 to 15 minutes.

6. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Place the apples on plates and spoon the pan juices over them. Sprinkle with the chopped nuts and serve immediately.

 

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