Baked apples

Puddings and cakes

  • Serves: 6
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 45 minutes
Apples at Stourhead © NTPL/William Shaw

Apples at Stourhead

Ingredients

6 Bramley cooking apples

50g chopped dates

50g sultanas

50g raisins

25g chopped almonds or hazelnuts

Grated zest and juice of 1 orange

75g soft brown sugar

1 level teaspoon ground mace or mixed spice

40g butter

150ml (1⁄4 pint) sweet sherry or Madeira

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C, 350°F, gas mark 4. Wash and core apples.

Score skin around the middle of each apple to prevent it bursting during baking and stand close together in a well-buttered ovenproof dish.

Mix the chopped dates, sultanas, raisins and nuts with the orange rind and juice. Pack the centres of the apples with this mixture. Top with a knob of butter.

Pour the sherry or Madeira around the apples and bake in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes, basting occasionally.

Serve hot or warm with pouring cream.