Everything you can do with apples is excellent, but mom knows best. This one is short and sweet, like the rest. Although, I have to admit coring the apple is a bitch. Could there be a special kitchen tool for this? The Empires we used a wonderful fluffy texture once out of the oven. Serve it a la mode and be impressed with your lack of effort.
4 Empire or other hard, tart and sweet apple
4 teaspoon ghee
4 teaspoon maple syrup
1/4 cup pecans, dry roasted and coarsely chopped
4 teaspoon fig jam (can substitute dried, plumped, currants or raisins)
Set the oven to 375. Core and seed apple without puncturing the bottom. Mix the ghee, maple syrup, pecans, and jam (or dried fruit) in a small bowl. Spoon into each apple and sprinkle spices on top. Place 1/2 inch of hot water into the bottom of a 9×9” pan, and place in the oven for an hour.