BAKED APPLES with DATES AND WALNUTS
One of my favourite desserts!
Preparation Time: 40–50 minutes
3 x large dessert Apples – Granny Smith, or preferably, Golden Delicious
25gms (1oz) x light soft Brown Sugar
6 – 8 x Dates – preferably Medjool, or a thick, fleshy date, with plenty of taste
10 x Walnut halves – scraped clean, and roughly chopped
Pinch x ground Cinnamon
25gms (1oz) x Butter
2 tbspns x Crème Fraîche or Double Cream
1 x Egg yolk
Nip, or two x Calvados Liqueur – to taste (if desired),
Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6
Split two of the Apples horizontally through the middle. These can now be cored. Place the four pieces in a buttered ovenproof dish, sprinkle with a little of the Sugar and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
While they are baking, the remaining Apple can be peeled, cored and coarsely grated. The Dates can now be split and de-seeded before being cut into strips, or julienned.
Mix together, the grated Apple, Dates and the chopped Walnuts, adding the pinch of Cinnamon. The optional extras can now be added, if using. A good splash of Calvados will be plenty for this dish.
Spoon the mixture into and on the par-baked Apples. Sprinkle with the remaining Sugar and top each with a knob of the measured Butter. Lower the oven temperature to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.
Finish baking for a further 25–30 minutes. During the baking, Apple juices mingling with the Sugar, can be used to baste the Apples – adding to the flavour.
Once cooked, remove from the oven, trickle each one with the natural sweetened juices. Extra-thick cream will be all the Apples need to complete the dish.