Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Baked Apples

Ok so here's one that's an oldie but a goodie! A little bit retro, but a total winter warmer, and the perfect end to dinner on a cold winters night when it's raining and blowing outside. The combination of apples, walnuts, and raisins is a real classic, and these are often made particularly easy due to the fact that the ingredients are often in the house anyway, and they take minimal prep time then get bunged in the oven while you eat. Take them out and you have dessert ready to rock. Easy!


Baked Apples

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, free of refined sugar

Ingredients (makes 2):
2 granny smith apples (or apples of your choice)
1/4 cup raw walnuts or almonds, roughly chopped
1 tbsp. coconut oil or butter
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp. raisins
1 tsp honey

1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. Using an apple corer or sharp knife, remove the core of the apple while leaving the apple whole. If you can, try to leave to bottom 1cm or so of the core in just to create a plug at the bottom to hold the ingredients in but this is not essential.
3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (nuts, oil, cinnamon, raisins, honey) and mix well to combine.
4. Stuff the mixture into the apples. It will probably poke out the top and be a bit messy, but that's ok - it will cook down into the apple, and the dessert is really designed to be a yummy soft gooey warm dessert so it is best when it's a little 'rustic'!
5. Wrap the apples (together or separate) in tin foil and place on a baking dish (this is a very important step, as the tin foil may leak a little and you will then end up with a sticky honey mixture baked onto the bottom of your oven...learn from my mistakes!).
6. Place in the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes until the apples are soft and delicious. You can totally vary the baking time depending on how soft you like the apples. Some people may prefer a bit more of a bite left to them, while others will prefer a totally mushy texture. I lean towards the mush end of the scale, but they are delicious either way!
7. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving (they will be super hot!), and serve with a drizzle of coconut milk or cream, or some yummy coconut milk icecream - the cold of the icecream is great with the heat of the dessert. You can also add another sprinkle of cinnamon for presentation and to add just an extra dose of super-food goodness.