“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” ~ Martin Luther
Nothing says comfort food like a baked apple – easy to make and good for you too. Traditionally my Nana stuffed apples with a butter, sugar, oats and sultana or currant mixture. My version still tastes sweet and delicious but is dairy, sugar and gluten free. Trust me – no one will think any the lesser of you for omitting all that other stuff. They’ll be too busy eating! Soft sweet medjool dates and ginger give a lovely caramelly texture and zing, and walnuts – well it just wouldn’t be the same without them.
Ingredients: 1 x cooking apple per person – I like Granny Smith Apples for this; plus 2 medjool dates, a tablespoon of walnut halves, a piece of glace ginger and a squeeze of lemon juice per person. Note: If there is still too much sugar in the glace ginger for you, trying adding a little extra date and some powdered ginger.
Method: Preheat oven to moderate (160 degree celcius fan-forced or 180 degree oven – 350 degrees fahrenheit). Using a sharp knife or an apple corer, remove the core of the apple. Then take a knife and run it around the circumference of the apple so that you just break through the skin. This is important so that your apple doesn’t explode when it is cooking. Chop your dates, ginger and walnuts and combine them in a bowl with the squeeze of lemon juice. Mix them well together. Now press the mixture into the empty core of each apple. Start by filling the bottom, pressing the mixture in firmly. Then turn over and place into an oven-proof dish. (I find a piece of baking paper helps with easy clean-up.) Keep pressing filling into the core until it is filled to the top. Mound a little extra over the hole, pressing down well. Bake in a moderate oven for 45 minutes. To serve, simply place in a bowl and eat. They go very well with a dash of cream, custard, some yogurt (try coconut yogurt if you’re vegan or dairy free!) or a good ice-cream. Baked apples are a terrific dessert but do try them for a warm breakfast on a cold morning. Super Yum Delish!