basic DIY, or something with frills. If your sauce already contains spices, herbs, fruit, or nuts, chances are they will go nicely with apples. If your sauce is the canned or basic variety, you can leave it as is or add a pinch of this or that before stuffing the apples.
Baked Apples with Cranberry Sauce Serves 4 4 apples 1/2 lemon 2/3 cup cranberry sauce (or less, depending on size of apples) 1 tablespoon butter Optional additions to cranberry sauce: spices (allspice, cinnamon, cloves), ginger (ground, freshly grated, or candied), orange or lemon zest, dried fruit, chopped nuts Preheat oven to 350°F. Core apples (using an apple corer, melon baller, or paring knife), leaving 1/2 inch intact at the bottom. Peel top 1 inch of each apple and rub with lemon to prevent discoloration. If desired, mix additional ingredients into cranberry sauce. Fill apples with cranberry sauce. Top each with a 1/4 tablespoon pat of butter. Place apples in a baking dish and fill with 1/2 inch water. Bake, basting every 15 minutes, until apples are tender when pierced with a knife, about 45-60 minutes. Serve warm. If desired, serve with yogurt, whipped cream, crème fraîche, or ice cream.Related: Weeknight Recipe: Oatmeal-Brown Sugar Baked Apples (Images: Emily Ho)