I know baked apples always lean more towards autumn than spring, but to be honest the weather here in Scotland just now really is more autumnal than bright and springy. This recipe was inspired by my lovely blog pal Nan over in America. She liked my post about making All-Nut Butter, and commented that she too had recently run out of her beloved peanut butter and usually ate it spread on fresh apple slices. Well I tried my All-Nut butter on apple slices and loved it, then it got me thinking about other ways to use it with apples and thought that putting it inside a baked apple might just be pretty neat.
It was a huge success, even Idgy who isn’t a huge fan of baked apples (honestly I have no idea about that girl sometimes) really liked it. So forget the date and what folks think we should and shouldn’t be eating to suit the clendar and give this yummy and simple recipe for baked apples with nut butter stuffing a try.
- 2 large eating apples, make sure they are firm
- 2 tablespoons All-Nut Butter
- 2 tablespoons sultanas or mixed dried fruit
- 2 tablespoons brandy or orange juice
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 2 tablespoons double/heavy cream
- 2 teasp[oons brown sugar
- Yogurt or cream to serve
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
- Wash and dry the apples and remove core
- Make a slit in the skin all the way around the apple about half way down (like the equator line on a globe) this stops the apple splitting in the oven
- Soak the sultanas in the booze or orange juice and warm in a small pan to speed things up and help them absorb as much liquid as possible
- Add the orange zest to the fruit
- Place half a tablespoon of All-Nut butter inside each apple followed by the same amount of the soaked fruit, repeat the process to fill both apples
- Stuff it down with a spoon handle to get it all inside
- Place the apples on a large sheet of baking foil inside a small baking tray
- Pour on the cream and scatter the sugar on top
- Pull up the sides of the foil to form a tent covering the apples and leaving a bit of space above and around them
- Pinch the foil into place so you are making a sealed bag. You want the apples to steam within the bag to keep them really juicy.
- Bake for 30 minutes
- Remove from oven and carefully open the foil package
- Serve each apple with either a dollop of yogurt if you are feeling healthy or just add more cream
Hope you enjoy this one ladies. Remember anything with fruit has no calories!!!!!