Baked Apples with Mexican Chocolate & Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

A truly delicious dessert made from farmstead apples and cinnamon-kissed chocolate.

Ingredients:
2 medium apples
2 ounces Mexican chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 full-size vanilla bean marshmallows, plus 1 extra, cut into 4 quarters
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons water

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Halve each apple lengthwise. Using a melon baller or grapefruit spoon, scoop out seeds, forming a small crater in the center of each half.

2. Fill each crater with a marshmallow quarter and a quarter of the chocolate. Cut 2 tablespoons butter into small pieces, and divide among apples, placing over the chocolate.

3. Place water and remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a baking dish. Place filled apples in the dish. Bake until a paring knife inserted into apples meets no resistance, 20 to 30 minutes.

4. Set the oven to broil. Top each apple half with a full marshmallow. Broil until golden brown. Drizzle with any juices from the dish and serve warm.

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