Baked Apples with Cinnamon-Chip Streusel

Baked Apples with Cinnamon-Chip Streusel

1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup pecans
Pinch salt
4 Tbsp cold butter
1/3 cup cinnamon chips
4 large baking apples
1 1/2 cups apple cider
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp butter
Whipped cream or ice cream, if desired

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Place oats, brown sugar, pecans, salt and cold butter in bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade. Pulse about three 4-second bursts until mixture becomes crumbly. Transfer to medium bowl and stir in cinnamon chips. Set aside.

Peel a 1-inch strip form the top of each apple. Using melon ball tool, scoop out cavity in each apple, leaving bottom intact. Fill each apple with cinnamon-chip streusel, and place in baking dish. Pour apple cider around apples and bake 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven.

Pour apple cider from baking dish into a small saucepan. Stir in sugar and simmer over medium heat until cider becomes syrupy and is reduced by half. Remove from heat and stir in butter. To serve, place each apple on a plate and drizzle with apple cider reduction. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.