SPICED RICOTTA APPLES

Ingredients:

Ingredients:
6 red delicious apples, cored 
1 cup brown sugar 
6 cinnamon sticks 
1/4 tsp. Allspice 
1/4 tsp. Cardamon 
1/2 cup apple cider 
3 Tbsp. sweet butter 
3 oz. Frangelico or 1/4 tsp. Almond extract
Praline & Filling Ingredients:
Praline
1 cup hazelnuts, chopped
2 cups sugar 
2 Tbsp. water 
 
Filling
1 cup whipped heavy cream 
2 cups MAGGIO® Ricotta Cheese 
1/2 cup sugar 
Dash of Vanilla Extract 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place apples in a 6"X 8" baking dish, the place a cinnamon stick in each apple. Sprinkle spices evenly on all apples. Pour on cider. Top each with sugar and a smear of butter. Bake for 40 minutes, or until soft; a little brown is desirable. Remove apples from pan and reserve. Add liquor to pan and on top of stove reduce alcohol out until volume is about a cup. Reserve.
Make praline by adding sugar to water and caramelizing, add hazelnuts once caramel is made and pour onto parchment lined pan to cool. Once cool chop up in processor or by hand. Reserve for garnish.
Fold in sugar and vanilla to ricotta cheese. Fold this mixture into whipped cream. Place in pastry bag with star tip.
To serve, place each apple on individual dish. Pipe filling into center of apple. Garnish with reserve sauce, cinnamon stick and praline crunch. Serve warm or room temperature.
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