The minute the temperature drops, I'm at the greenmarket buying items to bake: squash, potatoes, carrots, onions, but easiest and most delightful is this healthy dessert, the baked apple. I use Rome or Cortland apples, and buy the largest ones I can find. But if your local farmer recommends another type of apple, give it a try, because many might work just as well. What I like about these is that they hold their shape, even when soft enough to eat with a spoon. Here's the recipe:
4 baking apples
1 T cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 cup maple syrup
Set oven to 375F
Choose a baking dish where apples will fit tightly.
Wash and core the apples.
Peel the apples to about 1/3 down the sides.
Stuff cores of apples with nuts and raisins. Use more than indicated if necessary.
Whisk spices together in a teacup.
Sprinkle apples with spices.
Pour maple syrup over apples.
Cut orange in quarters and squeeze juice into bottom of baking dish.
Top apples with orange skins
Use a turkey baster or spoon to glaze apples every 15 minutes or so.
When spoon easily enters apple, remove orange skins from tops of apples.
Bake 10 more minutes to brown.