8 red apples, cored
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 tsp ground ginger
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place apples in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, lemon juice and vanilla. Bring to a boil, and drizzle equally over apples.
Cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove cover, and continue to bake for 10 minutes, or until apples are tender. Serve warm.