Saturday, 16 February 2013


Classic baked apples cinnamon

“Can we do some cooking?”Asked my helpful teen and her friend today.

Yes!  Yes!  I replied eagerly. The general desire was for something chocolaty or gooey..fudge was mentioned ...but as it required over a pound of sugar I steered them away.

Today the Times published a list of things children should be able to cook by the ages of 8, 12 and 16. It’s a good list and includes cupcakes for the younger age group and culminates with a roast and vegetable lasagne for the older ones. Fudge wasn’t on their list!!

It is a good range of food that will keep even the most disinterested cook busy and healthy if left on their own.

With the promise of baking something sweet later I got them to make some baked apples for lunch.  We often overlook the simple traditional desserts like baked apples but, as lunch proved today, they are simple, tasty and an easy way to have one of your five a day.

So with the sun shining and a promise of spring in the air we made a warm winter vegetable salad followed by soft, fluffy baked apples.

A great start to half term and another easy seasonal dessert recipe to add to their repertoire.

Baked apples with raisins and cinnamon  


Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Serves- as many as you want, the ingredients below is per apple

Ingredients per apple:
1 Large cooking apple (4)
2tbsp raisins per apple (8)
1tbsp brown sugar (4)
1tbsp golden syrup
A sprinkle of cinnamon


1.     Wash your apples then remove the core so you have a hollow all the way through. Place them in an oven proof dish.
2.     Put half of the raisins in the hole, about a tsp, and pack down tightly, then add a layer of sugar, cinnamon, and a drizzle of syrup then repeat till the hole is full.
3.     Drizzle the remaining syrup over the top and sprinkle with an extra dash of cinnamon and place in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees c.

And that’s it. Easy. Serve with ice cream or cream.

Cooking apple

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