For all my American and European readers I understand that you are now living in the land of Spring. However, we here in New Zealand and Australia have just fallen into Autumn (Fall). As we are moving into colder months I like to make a few hot sweet treats for desserts and the such. Today I want to share with you the recipe for one of my favourite winter sweets, Baked Apples!! It has all my favourite sweet flavours in one dish. Apple, cinnamon, walnuts and raisins!
So let’s get cooking and let me know what you think of these delicious treats!
Baked Apples Recipe
Ready in 45 minutes, makes 4
4 large Granny Smith (green) apples
50g brown sugar
1 cup chopped raisins and currants, combined. (You could use any other dried fruits you like)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp honey
1. Wash and dry the apples, then use a corer or a sharp knife to remove the core. Make sure you leave quite a big hole in the middle so that you can fit lots of the lovely filling in, but don’t get so carried away that you split the apple.
2. Put the apples side by side in a shallow baking dish.
3. In a saucepan, heat the butter, sugar and dried fruit together until the sugar has dissolved.
4. Spoon the mixture into the centre of the apples until they’re filled and let any extra flow down into the dish.
5. Top each apple with a teaspoon of honey and put them in the oven at 180ºC. Cook for half an hour, or until the apple flesh is quite soft and the skin a little wrinkled. 6. Before serving, spoon over any caramelised sauce left in the bottom of the pan.
Other filling suggestions:
- Chopped dried apricots and raisins
- Chopped dried cranberries and currants
- Chopped dried figs and walnuts
- Chopped dates and finely chopped crystalized ginger
- Zest of one orange, sultanas and dried apricots
If you like something with a bit of chocolate, why not check out my recipe for a Baileys Chocolate Mug Cake?