Apples are relatively cheap, fantastically versatile and available in lots of different varieties, each with its own unique flavor – from the sweet juiciness of Cox’s Orange Pippin to the comfort of whole baked apples topped with cinnamon and honey…
Cut a horizontal slit around the top and bottom of each cooking apple and take out the core. Stuff the cavities with dried fruit and drizzle in a little honey, dot the top of each apple with a knob of butter and bake at 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6 for about 40 minutes, or until soft.
Add a grated apple, a large dollop of yogurt and a drizzle of honey to your favorite muesli, then leave to soak for 5 minutes. Add cold milk for a delicious breakfast or brunch.
Apples on toast
Fry slices of apple in butter until golden, add a sprinkle of brown sugar and heat until caramelized. Beat 2 eggs with a splash of milk, dip in slices of bread until the eggs have soaked in, then fry in butter until golden and cooked. Top with apples and serve hot.
Apple and blackberry crumble
Cook 3 peeled and chopped apples with 3-4 C blackberries, 2 tablespoons sugar and a pinch of cinnamon in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons water. Place in a baking dish. Cut ½ C butter into 2 ½ C flour and stir in 1/2 sugar. Spread onto the apple mixture and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.
Healthier Waldorf Salad
In a bowl put 1 peeled and chopped apple, 2 sliced sticks of celery, a handful of toasted walnuts and some torn lettuce leaves. Add a little plain, non-fat yogurt, toss together and season well.
Wash, polish, then core as many apples as you want candle-holders. They should sit flat. Insert candles (short or long — doesn’t matter, depends on the look you want) and set in a line down the length of the table. VERY Martha-Stewartish!
Apple Place Card Holders
Wash and polish as many apples as you need place card holders. Remove stems. Cut ¼ inch slit across the top of the apple, from one side to the other, to fit your place cards. A touch of color (the color of the apples) is a nice addition to the name added to the card.
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