Baked Apples

Did you know it’s national bramley week this week? No? Well now you do! In honour of this I brought a bag with the intention to do different things with them during the week. Tonight it was the turn of a baked apple. One of my favourite desserts. However because I am dying from the world’s worst cold e-v-e-r I cheated and nuked this in the microwave. I shan’t be doing that again, it was nowhere near as nice as one done in the oven. You have been warned.

For each apple you need:
1 bramley apple
handful dried fruit e.g. sultanas, raisins, cranberries etc
1 tbsp demerara sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp runny honey
1 tbsp almonds, chopped

Score the apple round the centre and then core it. Place in a baking dish and pack the hollow centre with the fruit, nuts, butter, sugar and honey (in that order). Bake in a medium oven for 30-45 mins till the apple is soft and mushy and there is a sauce from the butter, honey and sugar. Serve as is or with some ice cream, cream, mascapone etc.
If you need one NOW then cover with cling film, nuke on high for 2 mins 30 secs and eat. But like I said, it won’t be as nice.

Bruschetta

OK, OK so any real Italian worth their salt is probably shuddering at me calling this recipe bruschetta but it sounds nicer than things on toast!

I vary the toppings depending on what we have and what I fancy. Today it was pesto and emmental and tapanade and feta. I served it on a bed of rocket drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Simply slice some french bread, top with whatever you want to have and bake in a hot oven for about 10 minutes.