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Baked Apples Stuffed with Dried Fruit and Pecans


  • 8 red apples (gala or rome beauty)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 4 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 2 pieces
  • 1 cup apple cider

Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cook Time:

1 hour 15 minutes



Here’s something delightful to serve during the holidays. A traditional dish served during Charles Dickens’ day.

Why Try? This holiday sweet is packed with wholesome goodness of fruits and nuts.

Foodie Byte: Try placing the apples on the turkey platter for a lovely and tasty garnish.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Core apples. Peel about 1/3 down the apple. Stand apples up in a large ceramic or glass pie plate and make 4 evenly spaced vertical cuts starting from top of each apple and stopping halfway from bottom to keep apple intact. Brush inside and outside of peeled apple with lemon juice.
  3. Toss together apricots, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Rub softened butter into dried fruit mixture with your fingers until combined well. Pack center of each apple with mixture. Put a piece of remaining butter on top of each apple. Pour cider around apples and cover pie plate tightly with foil.
  4. Bake in middle of oven, basting once, until apples are just tender when pierced with a fork, about 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until apples are very tender but not falling apart, 20-30 minutes more.
  5. Transfer to serving dishes and spoon sauce over and around apples.

Nutritional Information

Calories 257, Carbohydrates 42g, Cholesterol 23mg, Fat 12g, Fat Calories 102, Fiber 5g, Protein 1g, Saturated Fat 6g, Sodium 9mg. Daily Values: Calcium 28.17mg 3%, Phos 38.76mg 4%, Copper 0.13mg 7%, Zinc 0.28mg 2%, Panto 0.21mg 2%, Biotin 2.29mcg 763%, Magnesium 17.23mg 4%, Iron 0.59mg 3%, Vitamin B6 5%, Vitamin C 17%, Vitamin B12 0%, Vitamin D 2%, Vit E-a-Toco 3%, Vitamin A 13%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.