4 medium cooking apples
2 teaspoons margarine
1/4 cup reduced-calorie maple-flavored syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon chopped nuts, if desired
Heat oven to 375°. Core apples. Peel 1-inch strip of skin from around middle of each apple, or peel upper half of each apple to prevent splitting.
Place apples upright in ungreased square baking dish, 8 × 8 × 2 inches. Place 1/2 teaspoon of the margarine and 1 tablespoon of the syrup in center of each apple. Pour water into baking dish until 1/4 inch deep.
Bake uncovered 30 to 40 minutes, spooning syrup in dish over apples several times, until apples are tender when pierced with fork. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nuts.