Fruit and nut baked apples
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
This fruit and nut baked apples is a simple, delicious and time-old recipe that has been cooked in some form throughout the ages. They tend to always include raisins and spices, along with some sort of sweetener. We've turned a traditional recipe into a festive feast, perfect for bringing out either as a sweet but healthy dessert or better yet, as an accompaniment to a savoury ham hock. It's all made in one pan, so less washing up, smells wonderful and looks great in the middle of the table. What more could you want?
- 4 eating apples, cored
- 2tbsp brown sugar
- 2tbsp raisins
- 25g butter
- 1tbsp cinnamon
- 200ml apple juice
- 1tbsp honey
- 200g blackberries
- 50g flaked almonds
Try using either Gala, Golden Delicious or Honeycrisp variety of apples for the perfect sweet/tart balance.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4) Cut the top off each apple, but do not discard and core each fruit.
- Put the raisins, sugar, butter, and cinnamon into a food processor and pulse several times, to produce a coarse, textured mixture.
- Fill each apple cavity with the mixture and add the tops. Arrange the apples in shallow over proof dish and pour over the apple juice.
- Bake for 30 mins or until tender. Sprinkle over almonds and the blackberries and serve immediately piping hot.