Baked Gingerbread Apples

Baked Gingerbread Apples
Baked apples stuffed with chocolate and crumbled German gingerbread (lebkuchen) , garnished with whipped cream and crystallized ginger. A holiday treat!
Course Dessert
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 box spiced Lebkuchen covered with bittersweet chocolate about 7 ounces
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon German honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 baking apples

For the Honey Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter

For the garnish:

  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • crystallized ginger slivers

Instructions

For the honey syrup:

  • Combine 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons butter in small saucepan and bring to a boil. Keep warm to brush on apples.

For the filling:

  • Crumble Lebkuchen into small pieces and place into a bowl. Add crystallized ginger and nuts. Melt honey and butter in microwave together and add to bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.

For the gingerbread apples:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Core the apples without cutting through the base. With a knife or melon baller, remove some of the inside of the apple to make room for the filling. Place apples in a 12 x 7.5 x 2 inch baking dish. Spoon the prepared filling into the opening in the apples, packing it down lightly.
  • Brush apples liberally with honey syrup and pour remainder around apples. Bake uncovered at 375° F for 45 minutes or until the apples are tender, basting occasionally. Let cool for 15 minutes. Whip cream with powdered sugar. Serve apples with a dollop of whipping cream and garnish with slivers of crystallized ginger.

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