Cider-Baked Stuffed Apples with Salty Caramel Sauce

4 Servings

  • baking apples, such as Pink Lady, Honeycrisp or Braeburn, about 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 inches in diameter
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • cup apple cider or apple juice
  • teaspoon finely shredded lemon zest
  • tablespoons lemon juice
  • inches stick cinnamon
  • tablespoon butter, cut into four pieces
  • Sea Salt-Caramel Sauce (recipe follows)
  • Vanilla or cinnamon ice cream (optional)
  1. Core apples; peel a strip from the top of each apple. Place apples*, top sides up, in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cranberries, walnuts and brown sugar. Spoon mixture into centers of apples, patting in with a knife or narrow metal spatula. Combine apple cider, lemon zest and lemon juice and pour around apples in cooker. Add stick cinnamon to liquid. Top each apple with a piece of butter.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 hours. (Meanwhile, make Sea Salt-Caramel Sauce.)
  4. To serve, transfer warm apples to dessert dishes. Spoon some of the cooking liquid from cooker over apples. Serve with Sea Salt-Caramel Sauce and, if desired, ice cream.
  5. Sea Salt-Caramel Sauce: In a heavy small saucepan, stir together 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup whipping cream, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 tablespoon light-color corn syrup. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally; reduce heat to medium. Boil gently, uncovered, for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt.
  6. Cool to room temperature, then serve with the apples or chill for up to 24 hours and rewarm in the microwave on 50% power (medium) for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes before serving, stirring twice. (Or for a quicker sauce, just stir together 1/2 cup caramel-flavored ice cream topping and 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt in a small saucepan and warm through before serving.)


  • * If necessary, trim apples so they will sit on the bottom of the cooker.

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