Cider Baked Apples with Black Walnuts & Pumpkin-Caramel Sauce

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1 cup caramel sauce, prepared

3 Tbsp. pumpkin puree, canned

1 cup Hammons Black Walnuts, chopped

1/3 cup dried whole figs (stem removed), chopped

1/3 cup golden raisins, whole

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, ground

4 gala apples, medium to large size

1/4 cup apple cider


Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare the pumpkin-caramel sauce: place the caramel and pumpkin puree in a bowl, whisk to evenly combine then gently warm in the microwave. Reserve warm.

Prepare the black walnut mixture: place the black walnuts, figs, raisins and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl and stir to evenly combine. Reserve 1/2 of the mixture for stuffing the apples and 1/2 of the mixture for garnishing each baked apple on the finished serving plate.

Prepare the apples: core each apple, removing the cores and a little extra from down through the center. Place all 4 cored apples, side by side, inside a standard pie plate. Spoon 1/2 of the reserved black walnut mixture into each apple, pressing the mixture with your finger to compactly fill each apple to the very top – mixture can mound out the top of the apple. Pour 1/4 cup apple cider over and around the apples. Cover the pie pan and apples with aluminum foil, tightly sealing around the edges.

Bake the apples for 20-25 minutes. Remove apples/pan from the oven. Place each baked apple on a small plate. Spoon equal amounts of the reserved warm pumpkin-caramel sauce over and around each baked apple. Spoon an equal amount of the other 1/2 of the reserved black walnut mixture, around each baked apple, forming a ring around each apple. Serve immediately.

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