Want a special dessert with that special touch but using simple, easy to obtain ingredients? Try baked apples for dessert tonight or on the Fourth.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Make the sauce first. Combine water, 1 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a pot. Simmer uncovered 5 minutes. Then add 1/4 cup butter. Set to one side of your stove on the counter. You will use this later to baste the apples before putting them in the oven to bake.
In a bowl combine flour and salt. With a pastry blender stir in shortening. Then add one tbsp half n half or cream to mixture. Then proceed with another tbsp of cream and continue on until all the 1/2 cup of cream is used up moistening the dough.
Roll dough into a ball. Then on a floured surface such as your island roll it out with a rolling pin. Try to get it to measure about 18X12 inches all together. Then cut the quadrant into six inch squares or thereabouts, one for each individual apple. Each gets its dough wrapping.
Now get out another bowl and combine the raisins with the honey. In still another small bowl combine the cinnamon and the sugar. For this purpose you can use soup bowls, paper bowls, or whatever you might have available.
Peel the apples. Use your handy apple corer to core each apple. If you don’t own one, get one on amazon.com. They might even deliver it in your area the same day right to your front door.
Fill the center of each cored apple with the raisin and honey mixture. After that sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon mixture on top of each apple.
Wrap each apple in dough and pinch at the top to seal. Place the apples in a long baking dish covered with aluminum foil. Baste with the sauce that you prepared earlier.
Place the apples in the 350 oven to bake for one hour. You can baste them again before you serve the dessert.