Thursday, April 14, 2011

Baked Apples

These are the most ridiculously easy dessert possible and a great store cupboard favourite of mine.  There are all manner of variations one can make - any sort of dried fruit stuffed into them can be substituted and changing things up keeps it interesting.  They are a great dessert to make when the oven is already on and require very little preparation, the oven does all the work.  My favourite at the moment is dried cranberries which when combined with some sultanas and some orange zest make this seriously yummy.  You can also experiment with different sugars, using a dark muscovado sugar with some dates gives a rich dark caramel flavour that works extremely well.  You can add to the whole experience by serving with ice cream or a proper vanilla custard, or if you are more virtuous perhaps some greek yoghurt. You can make this as decadent or austere as you like, either way it is a tasty and easy (and cheap) dessert.

Baked Apples

4 apples
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
150g dried fruit (dates, prunes, apricots, cranberries, raisins, sultanas all work well)
1 tsp orange or lemon zest
pinch of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Soften butter and mix with brown sugar.  Add dried fruit, zest and cinnamon, mix to combine.  Core apples and  fill cavity with fruit mixture.  Place apples in oven proof dish and bake for 30-40 mins until soft. 

1 comment:

muppy said...

Yum, how good does that look! your right, a nice, easy and tasty dessert.