Apple varieties excellent for baking include Braeburn, Cameo, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Melrose and Rome Beauty.
- Arrange apples in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold apples without touching. Combine maple syrup, granola, dates, pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg; spoon into apples and scatter the rest into baking dish. Dot each apple with butter and pour in apple cider; cover tightly. Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for 25 minutes. Remove cover and baste. Bake, uncovered, until tender but not mushy (about 10 minutes longer), baste often with juices.