Baked Apples Stuffed with Almond, Raisins & Chocolate
Winter comfort puddings that’s how I think of baked apples, always something we had as children but they certainly would have been a little more sparse than these with their chocolate and cognac centre. In fact I don’t think I have eaten them since childhood, probably one of those ‘economical’ desserts you really don’t appreciate until you have the choice rather than it being the only option. I’m sure if my parents had snook some chocolate into them they would have been more popular but I don’t recall chocolate being a regular on our menu. I’m sure that is why my siblings and I have all become chocoholics, treats were rationed to pocket money, something like 10 pence (20 cents) once a week which we duly blew on sweets.
It is a nice hearty winter dessert though, you can fill them with whatever you have I the pantry, for me though they are best served with homemade custard/ creme anglaise.
8 medium Royal Gala apples, de-cored and scored around middle
150g ground almonds
1 tsp powdered cinnamon
50g brown sugar
40g dark chocolate, finely chopped
2tbsp cognac (optional)
1 cup apple juice, for basting
Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
Mix the brown sugar, ground almonds, cinnamon, raisins, chocolate and butter together and spoon it into the cavities of the apples.
Place the apples on on a roasting tray and pour apple juice around them.
Dot the tops of each apple with butter and place in the oven to bake for 45 minutes.
Every 10 minutes spoon apple juice from the roasting tray over the apples.
Once cooked serve hot with custard, cream or idea cream.