Baked Apples Stuffed With Raisins


6 large apples
Seeded raisins
6 tablespoons brown sugar
6 tablespoons water
1 cup whipped cream (optional)

Makes 6 servings.


  • Wash the apples. With an apple corer or paring knife, remove the core from each and place them in a glass baking dish or earthenware.
  • Wash the seeded raisins and place 6 to 8 of them and 1 level tablespoon of brown sugar in each core. Pour the water around the apples.
  • Bake in a hot oven (400º F or 205º C) until tender. During baking, occasionally "baste" the apples, _i.e._ take spoonfuls of the water from around the apples and pour it on the top of them.
  • Serve warm or cold and decorated with whipped cream if desired.

The time for baking apples varies with the size of apple and the kind of the apple. From 20 to 35 minutes is usually required.

Test the apples for sufficient baking with a fork or skewer. 

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