Servings: Makes 4 servings
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- 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
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
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.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix reserved liquid with farmer's cheese. Fill the cavities of the apples with mixture and serve.