Holy moly, check these out. My husband wanted baked apples one night for dessert, so we grabbed a couple Farm Share apples and made this simple dish. Preparation took about 8 minutes, then the apples were left in the oven around an hour and they came out looking like this:
Apple explosion! But they were sooo good, light and fluffy and warm and subtly sweet.
Baked Apples with Toffee, Bourbon and Molasses
(from Bon Appétit)
6 7- to 8-oz. Golden Delicious apples (we used the red ones from our Farm Share, they were delicious!)
6 tbs. toffee bits (such as Skor) (we didn't have this, so it was omitted)
3 tbs. bourbon
3 tbs. unsalted butter
1 1/2 c. apple cider (we didn't have this either)
3 tbs. mild-flavored (light) molasses
1 tbs. sugar
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
Vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Peel skin off top third of each apple. Using small melon baller, scoop out stem and core, leaving bottom intact. Stand apples in 11x7x2-inch baking dish. Add 1/2 tbs. bourbon and 1/2 tbs. butter to cavity of each apple. Whisk cider, molasses, sugar, and ginger in bowl; spoon over and around apples. * I was lazy, so instead of doing this I put a little molasses in the cavity of the apples, topped them with brown sugar, and also sprinkled ginger on top.
Bake apples until tender, bating often with pan juices, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Transfer apples to bowl. Pour juices from dish into small saucepan. Boil juices unti thick enough to coat spoon, about 6 minutes. Spoon sauce over apples. Serve apples warm with vanilla cream.