Comfortingly warm and filling, but also a great healthy option for a dessert, baked apples are a winter favourite. Add ginger wine if you want a little decadency, or leave out for a family friendly and healthier option. Serve with crème fraiche, oat cream or, again for a treat, rich vanilla ice-cream – it goes very well with the butterscotch sauce.
4 cooking apples
100g mixed dried fruit
½ tsp star anise
2 tblsp maple syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tblsp ginger wine (optional)
Mix together the dried fruit, lemon juice, 1 tblsp maple syrup and the ginger wine and leave to soak for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 170C.
Core the apples and place in a foil covered ovenproof dish. Put the dried fruit in the core holes and round the apples. Drizzle over another spoonful of maple syrup.
Bake for 40 minutes.
For an extra treat make some butterscotch sauce to pour over (not dairy free or plant based). Once the apples are cooked, heat 20g of butter and 2 tblsp maple syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to bubble for 5 minutes without stirring. Take off the heat and poor immediately over the individual apples ready to serve.
Dessert, vegetarian, vegan and dairy free option