Baked apples make a very easy dessert and can be cooked in the oven alongside the main course or in the microwave. I often bake just one for myself and place the apple in a large ramekin dish. This recipe gives direction for microwave cooking.
- 4 large dessert apples
- 30g butter, softened
- 4 tablespoons raisins or sultanas
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons chopped pecans or nuts of your choice
- 60 ml Apple juice
- 175 ml Maple or Golden syrup
Wash apples. Remove cores to ½ inch of the bottom of the apples. It helps if you have an apple corer or a paring knife to cut out first the stem area, and then the core. Use a spoon to dig out the seeds. Make the holes about ¾ inch to an inch wide. Peel the apples one third of the way down. Arrange in a microwavable dish peeled ends uppermost.
In a small bowl, combine the butter, cinnamon, raisins/sultanas, and nuts. Stuff each apple hollow with this mixture. In a jug combine the apple juice and maple or golden syrup and pour over and around the apples. Cook, covered on high for 7-9 minutes for four apples, until the apples are tender. Reduce the time for two (4-6 minutes) or for one apple (2½ minutes). Remove the apples to a serving dish and cook the remaining syrup on High for (3-5) (2-3) or (1½) minutes until the syrup has thickened slightly. Spoon the syrup over the apples and serve warm with ice cream.
If using conventional oven Bake 30 minutes, until tender, but not mushy. Remove from the oven and baste the apples several times with the pan juices.