Whiskey-Scented Baked Stuffed Apples with an Orange and Almond Filling  

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup Love'n Bake Almond Paste
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 stick (2 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 2  eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs, about 3 to 4 slices country bread with the crusts trimmed

For the Apples:

  • 12 baking apples
  • 12 teaspoons whiskey
  • ice cream or sour cream
  • caramel sauce, if desired

Temperature: 375 ° F

Instructions

Here's a baked apple for grown ups. The secret ingredient is a splash of whiskey in the cavity of each apple before stuffing. While it bakes, the alcohol burns off leaving the smoky mellow taste of the spirit in each apple. (A splash of orange or lemon juice will have a similar effect.)

The almond filling adds just enough richness to make this a party dish. (It is the same filling we've used to stuff apricot, nectarine and peach halves before baking.) Serve the apples hot from the oven with a generous scoop of ice cream and a few dribbles of caramel sauce.
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Beat the Love'n Bake Almond Paste and sugar in a mixer or food processor until evenly blended. Beat in the butter then the eggs. Stir in the orange zest and bread crumbs.

3. Core each apple two-thirds of the way through. Pour a teaspoon of whiskey into the hole in each apple. Plug the hole with 2 generous Tablespoons of the filling.

4. Position the apples in a 9-inch square Emile Henry baking dish. Add 1/3 cup of water to the bottom of the dish.

5. Bake uncovered until the apples soften and the filling is browned, 35 to 45 minutes.

6. Serve warm with ice cream and caramel sauce, if using.

ABOUT LOVE'N BAKE
The Love'n Bake line of fine baking ingredients was created by American Almond Products Company, which has been a leading manufacturer of artisan-quality baking ingredients for professionals since 1924. The Love'n Bake product line consists of: Almond Paste, Marzipan,

Hazelnut Praline, Poppy Seed Filling, Pistachio Paste, Prune Lekvar, and Almond, Chocolate and Cinnamon "Schmear" Fillings.

Each product is packed in an easy-to-open, pull-top can. Two distinctive recipe suggestions are on the back of every label. All products are Kosher certified pareve by OK Kosher Certification. For recipes and more information visit http:www.lovenbake.com.

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