I'm not sure about you but I feel winter nights call for warming desserts.
Apples are in season and are a great base to many a wonderful dessert.
One of my favourite puddings is a good 'ol baked apple. Packed with nostalgia (and brown sugar) baked apples smell, look and taste delicious.
This baked apple recipe is really simple to make and they taste divine. You can add anything you like to the stuffing: dried apricots, currents or orange zest. I used dates and walnuts and served them with salted caramel sauce and runny cream.
I recommend eating in front of a toasty fire with a glass of red to get the full indulgent experience.
4 Apples ( I used Braeburn apples, traditionally Granny Smiths are used) 50 g softened butter 30 g brown sugar 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped ( I also roasted) Good pinch cinnamon Good pinch nutmeg
Preheat oven to 180c. Wash and dry the apples, then use a corer or a sharp knife to remove the core. Break a little of the end of the cored piece of the apple and use it to plug the cored apple.
Place side-by-side in a shallow baking dish.
Mix together the butter, sugar, walnuts and spices. Spoon the mixture into the centre of the apples. Make sure to use lots of filling — it is fine if the apples are overflowing with the mixture.
Bake apples for half an hour or until they are soft and the skin is wrinkled.
Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, pouring cream, caramel sauce or yogurt (the choices are endless).
I would love to hear your favourite stuffing combo and your serving accompaniment of choice.