Old-Fashioned Baked Apples
Per 1 apple
4 baking apples (Romes or Cortlands are good)
8 whole cloves
2 ounces butter (1⁄2 stick)
1⁄3 cup light brown sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F. Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Using a small knife, cut a divot from the top of the apples, leaving the stem intact. This “cover” will be replaced when baking. Scoop out the seeds and core with a melon baller or small spoon. Drop 2 cloves into each apple.
Knead together the butter and brown sugar, along with the cinnamon, until it is a paste. Divide equally over the scooped apples, leaving enough space to replace the tops.
Place apples in a baking dish with 1⁄2 cup water on the bottom. Bake for 1 hour. Sprinkle with cinnamon or powdered sugar before serving.