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Crunchy Baked Apples

 Crunchy Baked Apples
We live in South Carolina's Piedmont area, which is famous for huge apple orchards. This is one of my family's favorite apple recipes. I almost always make this to top off our traditional Sunday dinner.
4 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 4 medium baking apples
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 short cinnamon sticks
  • 3/4 cup apple juice

Directions

  • In a blender or food processor, grind walnuts and sugar. Add cinnamon
  • and set aside. Combine the brown sugar, raisins and 2 tablespoons of
  • butter; set aside. Core apples and peel the top two-thirds of each.
  • rub tops and sides with lemon; squeeze juice into centers. Brush
  • apples with 2 tablespoons butter; press nut mixture evenly over
  • peeled sides. Place in an ungreased 9-in. square baking dish. Fill
  • apples with raisin mixture. Place a cinnamon stick in each apple;
  • drizzle with remaining butter. Pour apple juice around apples. Bake,
  • uncovered, at 375° for 40-50 minutes or until apples are tender.
  • Cool 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 480 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 182 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 63 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 5 g protein.