Cazuela Baked Apples

November 2007
Cazuela Baked Apples

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 25 mins

Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 2 Rome apples, halved crosswise and cored
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1 cup peeled and finely chopped acorn or butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • Whipped cream, for serving
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees . Brush the apples with the lemon juice. Grease a small baking dish and add 2 tablespoons water. Place the apples cut side down in the dish and bake until tender, 20 minutes.
  2. Microwave the sweet potato at high power for 5 minutes; peel. In a saucepan, boil the squash and enough water to cover until the squash softens, about 15 minutes; strain. Mash together the sweet potato, squash, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
  3. Using a melon baller, scoop the flesh from each apple into a medium bowl, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell. Using a handheld mixer, combine the apple flesh with the squash mixture, heavy cream and butter.
  4. Place the apple shells on a baking sheet, fill with the squash mixture and broil for 3 minutes. Top with whipped cream.
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