My husband and our four children enjoy my baking creations, including apples filled with squash and festive spices. They make a healthy and delicious accompaniment to a holiday meal. —Carolyn Buschkamp, Emmetsburg, Iowa
"People raise so many apples here in the Columbia Basin that everyone uses a lot of them in cooking," writes Margery Bryan of Royal City, Washington. "This moist, nutty pudding seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg is a favorite at our house."
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.
"It's hard to say what's more appealing—the homey aroma of this treat baking in the oven or the wonderful flavor of the warm apple, sweet dates and crunchy walnuts," says field editor Dorothy Pritchett (above with husband Charlie) of Wills Point, Texas.
NOW THAT our children have all married, baked apples are a perfect dessert for the two of us. These are a delicious ending to any meal.
Using the microwave makes them so easy to prepare, even at the last minute.
-Theresa Stewart, New Oxford, Pennsylvania
We have always loved applesauce but wanted to do something a little bit more elegant for Thanksgiving. Over the years, I have adjusted this recipe, using different fruits and alcohols, but this is the most enjoyable combination. —Heather Edwards, Hopewell, New Jersey