Baked Apples With Sunflower Seeds and Raisins Recipe

This Baked Apples With Sunflower Seeds and Raisins Recipe uses dried raisins baked in apples to create a delicious dessert.

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Total Hands-On Time: Cover and bake 45 minutes
Cook Time: Cover and bake 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

This Baked Apples With Sunflower Seeds and Raisins Recipe uses your preserved grape crop as part of a warming baked apple dessert.


Cook with raisins dried from your grape crop to create this tasty Baked Apples With Sunflower Seeds and Raisins Recipe dessert.

Baked Apples with Sunflower Seeds and Raisins Recipe

4 large Cortland apples
1/2 cup homemade raisins
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cup apple cider
Non-fat vanilla flavored yogurt


1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees.

2. Core apples and remove the top third of the peel. Combine raisins, seeds, zest, juice and spices.

3. Place apples in a baking dish just large enough to hold them snugly. Fill apple centers with raisin mixture; pour cider over apples.

4. Cover and bake 45 minutes, basting as needed. Serve with a spoonful of the vanilla-flavored yogurt.

— From The Cook's Garden by Ellen Ecker Ogden

Author Kris Wetherbee and her photographer husband, Rick, tend an 8,000-square-foot organic garden, along with sheep, cows, chickens and pigeons on their 40-acre homestead in the foothills of western Oregon.

Read more about growing and preserving seedless grapes: Sensational Seedless Grapes.

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