Anjum Anand’s Baked Spice-Stuffed Apples

“Cooked apples are very good to perk up our ojas (our chi, vitality) so it is good to include them in our diet. This dessert is ideal for those with a kapha imbalance and it should ideally be eaten as it is, on its own.”

Makes 1, can be repeated for more apples

1 sweet apple (I like golden delicious), peeled and rubbed with lemon juice

1 rounded tsp. demerera or raw cane sugar

25g nuts, I like to use walnuts, almonds and lig

htly roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped

¼ tsp. cinnamon

Pinch of grating of nutmeg

1 rounded tsp. raisins or other dried fruit

80ml apple juice

8g butter

Preheat the oven to 190C. Core the apple until you have a neat 1” hole. Slice the base of the apple so that it can stand upright.

Mix together the sugar, nuts, cinnamon and raisins. Pack into the cavities of the apples. Place in a snug fitting baking dish and pour around the apple juice. Top the apples with the butter. Cover with foil and bake for 8 minutes. Remove foil and continue cooking the apple until soft, basting every 6-7 minutes or so, this takes around 40-45 minutes.

In a hurry?
For a quicker dish, cut and core the apples in half and cook in their skins for 25 minutes.
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