Tea Baked Apples

1 cup water
4 Lipton® Cup Size Tea Bags
4 large baking apples (such as Rome or Golden Delicious), cored
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 Tbsp. raisins (optional)
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 tsp. (pads) Nucoa Stick Spread

Preheat oven to 350°.

Brew 4 Lipton® Cup Size Tea Bags in one cup of boiling hot water for brew 3 minutes, dunking occasionally. Remove Tea Bags and squeeze; set brewed tea aside.

Peel the top 1/3 of apples. Core the apples. Slice the knobby bottom off of each apple so it sits upright on the cutting board. Arrange apples, peeled end up in 8-inch square baking dish; set aside.

Combine brown sugar, walnuts, raisins and cinnamon in small bowl. Evenly spoon walnut mixture into center of apples, then top with one pad of spread. Pour tea over and around apples.

Bake uncovered, basting occasionally, 1 hour or until apples are tender
Yield: 4 servings

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