Eat it local. it's so good for you, especially when made by your local bees. Much like how wines differ in flavor according to where the grapes are grown, so does honey. The benefits, in addition to building your immune system and an all natural aid to outdoor allergies; honey is one of the most precious all natural sweeteners on the market.
Chef George Hirsch's Honey Cream Baked Apples
Honey Cream Baked Apples
Makes 4 servings
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4 medium Honey Crisp or baking apples
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
4 Tablespoons greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Teaspoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated orange zest
1 cinnamon stick or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch fresh grated nutmeg
8 Mint leaves/ 4 for garnish
Optional: 4 Tablespoons Homemade Granola
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Put the apples, apple juice, cinnamon stick and raisins in a small baking dish. Bake covered for 5 to 7 minutes, then bake uncoved for 5 additional minutes. The apples are done when you can slide a knife easily through the flesh.
Mix yogurt, honey, orange juice, zests, four chopped mint leaves, and nutmeg.
Cut the stem end of the apples approximately 2 inches around and one inch deep, on an angle. Save the tops to place back on after filling the apples. Core the apples 3/4 through, do not core completely through the bottom. Fill the inside of the apples with the honey yogurt mix. Place the stem back on top of the apples. Top with mint leaf and serve in a dish with raisins and juice from baked apples, plus a little homemade granola for crunch.