Using mostly store cupboard basics, these are a comforting, sweet dessert with loads of flavour. The apple becomes so soft it just falls apart as you cut through with your spoon.
This recipe is totally adaptable depending on your tastes. You can use any sort of apple that you like, but Granny Smiths tend to work best. You can use any dried fruit you like or whatever you have on hand. The liquid is also changeable – think port, brandy, scotch, juice, or even water.
Then when you get to the finishing touches, you can let your imagination run wild. Custard, caramel sauce, cream, ice cream, yoghurt, anything goes.
Ingredients (serves 6)
6 whole apples 2 tbsp butter, melted 2 tbsp brown sugar 2 tbsp honey cup dried fruit, chopped up small
2 tbsp brandy
2 tbsp walnuts or almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
Preheat your oven to 180°C and grease a large baking dish.
Place your dried fruit in a bowl with the brandy and allow it to soak.
Using a sharp knife, slice around the waist of the apple. This stops it bursting as it cooks.
Core the apples with an apple corer, or you can just use a sharp knife. Place your apples in the baking dish.
Add the butter, sugar, honey, nuts, and spices to your fruit mix. Stir until well combined. Smell it, it's amazing.
Place spoonfuls of mixture into the apples, filling each of them until you have used all of your mixture. If you need to, add another sprinkle of nuts to the top so that the apples are full to the brim.
Place in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until completely soft when tested with a skewer. Serve with a generous scoop of ice cream or warm custard.