Caramel Baked Apples
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1 C. plus 2 T. granulated sugar
1/2 C. water
2 C. heavy (40 percent) cream
8 (6- to 8-oz.) baking apples, such as Cortland or Empire
Stir together sugar and water in a deep, heavy-bottomed 2- to 3-quart pot. Set
over high heat; let cook at a rapid boil for 8 to 10 minutes, without stirring
or shaking. When syrup starts to caramelize, swirl the pan to spread the color.
The moment it reaches a dark caramel shade, remove the pan from the heat. Using
oven mitts or a towel to protect your hands, pour in cream, stirring constantly
with a long wire whisk as the caramel bubbles up. When the cream is incorporated
and the bubbling has subsided, reheat the sauce just to a boil, still whisking.
Remove from heat; let cool.
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Peel and core apples. Slice just enough from the top and bottom of each apple so
that it can balance on either side. Arrange the trimmed apples in a roasting
pan, deep baking dish or casserole large enough to allow about 1 inch of space
between them. The sides of the pan should be higher than the fruit. Pour the
sauce over the apples; seal the dish with foil or a tight-fitting ovenproof
Bake for 20 minutes; then remove from oven and uncover dish. Using tongs or two
large spoons, gently turn each apple upside-down. Cover; bake 20 minutes more.
Turn apples over a second time, cover and bake 10 minutes. Test for doneness by
pressing the sides of the apples and piercing with the point of a paring knife.
The apples should be tender all the way through, but not mushy. If necessary,
bake for a few more minutes.
When apples are done, use a slotted spoon to stand each apple upright in a warm
serving bowl. Strain the apple-caramel sauce into a saucepan; simmer over medium
heat until juices evaporate and sauce returns to its original consistency. Pour
or spoon an equal amount of sauce over each apple; serve immediately.
Yield: 8 servings.