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Baked Cinnamon Apples

Baked Cinnamon Apples

Here’s a yummy way to eat your apple a day! Baked apple recipes traditionally use a lot of brown sugar and butter, which makes them very delicious but not especially diet-friendly. I’ve replaced the sugar with apple juice and a little honey, and included toasted pine nuts, which taste absolutely amazing in this dish. I toast a big batch of pine nuts in a fry pan, with no added oil and store them in a container in the fridge. Orange blossom water adds an exotic touch; if you can’t find it, just use apple juice.

Ingredients

4 large apples approx 200g (7 oz) each
200 ml (7 fl. oz) apple juice
1 tsp honey for drizzling
For the filling:
4 tbsp sultanas
4 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp orange blossom water
2 tsp honey

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix all filling ingredients and 2 tsp of the apple juice. Set aside
  2. Using a small paring knife, carefully cut the cores out of the apples, leaving a little of the base intact. You might find it helpful to use a teaspoon to scrape out the loosened cores.
  3. Stand apples in a baking dish and stuff cavities with filling mixture
  4. Pour in the apple juice, letting it run all over the apples so they're nice and moist
  5. Make 4 vertical slits in each apple
  6. Drizzle with 1 tsp of honey, swirling it lightly around the outsides of the apples
  7. Cover dish with lid or foil and baking at 180C/350F approx 75 minutes, or until apples are very soft
  8. Allow to cool before serving
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