Baked Cinnamon Apples with Honey-Sweetened Farmers Cheese
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 vanilla bean split
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 4 whole apples, (Cortland, Gala, or Macintosh) cored, tops peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups farmers cheese
  1. The night before: In a medium pot, combine cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, brown sugar and nutmeg with 2 cups of water; bring to a boil, reduce to low boil until mixture reduces by half
  2. In an 8x8-inch-baking dish, place apples sitting upright. Pour reduction over apples, cover with foil, and bake for 45 to 50 minutes until tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven and cool in liquid. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix reserved liquid with farmer's cheese. Fill the cavities of the apples with mixture and serve.