A Simple Healthy Dessert
Baked apples is one of the easiest hot puddings you could make, is completely delicious and is as welcome on a hot summers day as a cold winter evening. Perhaps only rice pudding is as easy. It is also a very healthy pudding containing vitamin C and fibre and is quite low calorie – unless of course you are tempted to serve it with custard or cream!
Once British apples start coming into season in the late summer and autumn, you can make the most of this wonderful fruit. Bramley apples are of course the very best apple to use in cooking since the they retain their texture and flavour so well. Some apple varieties go quite mushy when cooked and lose some flavour and are definitely better eaten raw. Whhen Bramleys are baked, the apple is a lovely fluffy texture.
Try to plan cooking baked apples along with baking something else, so that you get most use from the oven being on. Whether baking bread, a pasta bake for dinner or making a cake it is always good to oven share. It cuts down your electricity bill and your carbon footprint and makes the most of your cooking time.
Making baked apples is a little easier if you have an apple corer, but if you do not, a small sharp knife will do the job as well.
Try to choose apples that are roughly the same size so they will all require the same amount of cooking time. If you find apples that are too big, just share one between two.
- 4 medium sized Bramley apples
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (adjust to taste)
- 1 knob butter
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C
- Wash the apples in cold water
- Remove the core, either with a corer or with a knife. If using a knife, make incisions around the core until you have loosened the whole core.
- Whatever your method, ensure that you have removed all the hard pip cases.
- With a sharp knife, score around the circumference of the apple about half way down
- Mix together the sugar, sultanas and cinnamon
- Divide the mixture into four and stuff each core hole with the mixture
- Place upright on a baking tray
- Add a small knob of butter on the top of each apple
- Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until completely soft
- Serve with cream, ice cream, yoghurt, custard or evaporated milk
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