Baked Apples with Mincemeat, Cherries, and Walnuts

Photo by Maren Caruso.

1 25.4-ounce bottleSparkling apple cider
¼ cupRed currant jelly
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick)Unsalted butter
4 large (about 9 ounces each)Fuji apples
¾ cupJarred mincemeat with rum and brandy
¼ cupChopped walnuts
¼ cupC. J. Olson's Dried Tart Cherries
1 tablespoonChopped crystallized ginger


Preheat oven to 400F.

Boil first 3 ingredients in large skillet until reduced to 1 1/4 cups, about 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut cone-shaped piece from stem end of each apple, 2 inches wide at top and 1 inch deep. Using melon baller, core, leaving bottom intact.

Turn apple on its side. Starting halfway down, make 1/4-inch-deep slit all around.

Mix mincemeat, walnuts, cherries, and crystallized ginger in small bowl; spoon into apples, mounding in center.

Arrange apples in 11x7x2-inch baking dish.

Spoon cider mixture over and around. Bake until apples are tender, about 45 minutes. Serve in shallow bowls.

May be served with ice cream or whipped cream.

Serves 4.

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