The new crop of apples is arriving at stores, so this is a good time to enjoy the best of the season. After you have enjoyed eating a few apples out of hand, then try baking some for dessert.

I tried two recipes. For the Baked Apple Halves recipe, the apples are cut in half and cored, then the center is filled with a spicy sugar mixture. Both that recipe and the Microwave Baked Apples recipe have sweet toppings, but they’re not overly sweet. Apples can be microwaved or baked in the oven. The apples in the accompanying photo were cooked softer then I like them. I forgot to set the timer and they baked longer then I wanted. You can judge how soft you like yours cooked.

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