Rum-Baked Apples with Mascarpone and Almonds
Why This Recipe Works
We discovered the secrets to a great baked apples recipe: After testing a number of varieties, we ended up choosing Northern Spy, Cortland, and Golden Delicious as our favorites, based on their availability as well as their appearance and flavor. For our baked apples recipe, we preferred baking the apples uncovered instead of wrapping them in foil because the apples caramelized better. To allow steam to escape and thereby keep the apples from bursting, we found that removing a strip of skin around the apple's stem end with a vegetable peeler did the trick.