Friday, 25 November 2011

Pecan and Maple Syrup Baked Apples

Okay so I had a few eating apples left in the fruit bowl and they weren't getting better with age! I decided action was needed, I thought baking them was the best send off they could hope for. It's probably considered an old fashioned idea, but baked apples with the crunch of nuts and soft sweet apple is very very moreish. I dare you to try it and not agree.

Serves 4

4 Medium eating apples
25g White sugar
20g Soft margarine
Pinch of cinnamon
1 tbsp Walnuts or Pecan nuts, chopped
1tbsp Maple syrup
4tbsp Water

Preheat the oven to 190C and grease a ovenproof dish. Do not peel the apples, gently score the skin around the diameter of the apple with a sharp knife. Scoop out the centre of the apple with a sharp paring knife.

Try not to pierce the skin at the bottom of the apple. Cream the margarine, sugar, cinnamon, chopped nuts and maple syrup together with a fork in a small bowl. Spoon the filling into the hollowed out apples.

Place the apples in the prepared baking dish with four tablespoons of water. Place the apples into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until golden but not mushy.

Serve hot with ice-cream, custard or cream. Drizzle with maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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