My recipe for baked apples recreates a regular and favourite dessert from when I was a child. We had a large Bramley apple tree in the back garden, which fruited generously and provided apples to eat through the winter months. Just a few minutes of preparation, then after just under an hour in the oven you have a delicious and pretty healthy dessert.
Top with freshly made custard or a good quality vanilla dairy ice cream for a taste that is hard to beat.
Step 1: Ingredients
1 good sized Bramley apple (or other large apple that cooks without losing its flavour)
About 1 dessert spoonful of dried fruit - raisins, currants, candied peel, dates, cranberries etc - use what you like
1 teaspoon demerara sugar - really any brown sugar will do
ground mixed spice or cinnamon or allspice - mix with the dried fruit as you stuff the apples
Calvados or apple brandy - pour a small amount over each apple after stuffing but before sprinkling with sugar.
Step 2: Preparation
Core the apples and place them in a shallow oven proof dish.
Remove the pits from the dates (if you are using whole ones)
Stuff the holes in the apples with the dried fruit and/or dates
Stud each apple with a whole clove
Make about 6 radial cuts around the top of each apple
Sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar on each apple.
Pour water into the dish to a depth of about 1/4" to 1/2".
Step 3: Cook
Put the dish of apples into the oven for about 45 to 50 minutes (less if the oven is hotter than 150C/300F/GM2)
Meanwhile make some custard to accompany them, or make sure you have some good vanilla ice cream, cream or whatever you like to pour on a hot dessert.
When the apples are soft right through remove the dish from the oven and let it stand for about 5 minutes.
Step 4: Serve
Place each apple into a dessert bowl, scoop up some of the juicy liquid from the dish and pour it around the apple. Top with custard or ice cream etc.