Baked Apples with Dried Cherries
3/4 cup dried tart cherries 1/4 cup cherry-flavored brandy or applejack 4 Gala apples, peeled, cored, halved 1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter Vanilla frozen yogurt
Combine cherries and cherry brandy in bowl. Let stand until
cherries plump, at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350F. Using a melon baller, hollow center of
each apple half. Arrange apples cut side up in glass baking dish.
Fill centers with cherry mixture, dividing evenly. Combine brown
sugar, maple syrup and butter in heavy small saucepan. Bring to
simmer, stirring until melted. Drizzle sauce over and around
apples. Bake apples until tender, basting frequently with sauce,
about 55 minutes. Arrange apples on plates. Place scoop of frozen
yogurt alongside. Drizzle sauce over and serve.