Fill apples with dried fruit, spice and sugar and bake them until they collapse into a buttery tenderness - ultimate comfort fare. Juicy, easy and delicious.
4 Granny Smith apples, or other tart apples
4 pitted dates, chopped
2 tsp chopped walnuts or hazelnuts
4 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup water
4 tsp butter
- Remove cores from apples in a neat plug. Use a paring knife to enlarge cavity to 2.5cm diameter. Score the skin around the circumference of each apple with a sharp knife (this allows them to split neatly around the middle when they cook).
- Combine dates, nuts, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Stuff mixture into apples and place them in a shallow baking dish.
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Pour combined maple syrup and water over apples. Dot with butter and bake until apples are wrinkly and soft and starting to puff, about 50-60 minutes.