Baked Apples with Cranberries

Jason LaBarge and KGH


2 large baking apples

1 1/4 cups unsweetened apple juice, preferably unfiltered organic

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 TeaSP ground cinnamon

1/4 TeaSP ground cloves


Heat oven to 400 F.  Cut apples in half lengthwise, cut out and discard cores, seeds and stems.  Place 1/4 cup of apple juice in and 8 inch baking dish or casserole pan.  Place apples cut side down on juice.  Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until apples are tender.  Meanwhile, simmer remaining 1 cup apple juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat 5 minutes.  Add cranberries, cinnamon, and cloves, reduce heat and simmer uncovered 10 minutes, or until cranberries are plumped, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat.  Arrange apple halves cut side up on serving dishes.  Pour any remaining liquid from dish into cranberry mixture, spoon over apples.