The Yuletide Apple

The term “yuletide” has roots in Germanic paganism.  It was a midwinter festival that was held between mid-November and early January that was eventually merged into the Christian celebration of Christmas.  The Scots still use the term “yule” to describe Christmastime.

The Yuletide Apple

1 1 lb. can cranberry sauce

6 large baking apples

½ cup miniature marshmallows

1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

1 cup sour cream

6 pecan halves

Spread half the cranberry sauce in shallow baking pan. Add enough water to fill pan to ½“ depth. Core apples and cut a ¼” strip of peel from stem end. Place cut side down in cranberry sauce. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn apples peeled side up. Combine remaining cranberry sauce, marshmallows, and chopped pecans. Heap into apple cavities. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes or until apples are tender. Lightly whip sour cream and spoon over apples. Top with pecan halves.

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