Core 6 baking apples. Remove 1 inch peel from top of each. Arrange in a a baking dish. Combine 1 cup finely chopped pitted dates, ¼ cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup cut up mandarin oranges and 3 tbsp butter. Add ¼ cup water. Cover baking dish after stuffing apples. Bake at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes. Uncover. Bake 20 minutes longer and baste at intervals of 3 times with 1 cup maple syrup.