This amazingly delicious baked apple recipe was given me by the founder of Dixon’s Apple Orchard, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He claims it is the recipe for baked apples served on the Santa Fe railroad ages ago. It combines the pecans of the west with the sun kissed apples he always grew that were Paul Bunyan sized golden delicious apples.


Yield: 4 baked apples

Temperature: 400 F

Baking Time: 30 Minutes


4 medium sized baking apples, such as Golden Delicious

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 Tablespoon sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Several grates nutmeg

2 Tablespoons chopped pecans

1 Tablespoon raisins

¼ cup rum (if no alcohol is desired, substitute cider or apple juice)

Sweetened whipped cream or ice cream)


1. Preheat oven to 400F, then core apples, leaving peeling on. Mix the butter and all of the remaining ingredients, but the rum.


2. Place the butter mixture, evenly divided, in the middle of each apple. Place stuffed apples in a baking pan or casserole. Pour the rum over the apples. Cover with a lid or foil and bake until the apples are soft, when pierced with a sharp knife into the center of the apple, through the stuffed cored area. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

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