It’s been an excellent year in the orchard with pretty much all the fruit trees providing gorgeous fruit. From delicious eating apples, to plums, pears, and super Bramley cooking apples.
But I was wondering what to do with my left over Bramleys, other than the usual processing options like purees, pies etc I was a bit stumped.
Then I was speaking to a friend at my sewing class and she came up with a great suggestion, which I thought I must share with my readers. It’s simple to make and has a real seasonal flavour, which is perfect with Christmas just around the corner.
Baked Apples Stuffed With Mincemeat
Basically you take a good sized Bramley cooking apple and remove the core. I found it best not to take the whole core out, but leave a small piece at the bottom. I’ll explain why in a sec.
Scoop out some of the apple to leave a good size pocket in the top half of the apple. It’s purely down to personal taste, but I like to sprinkle a little cinnamon powder inside my Bramleys for that special Christmas flavour.
Then take a large spoon of fruit mincemeat and stuff it into the hole. Make sure you press it right down to the bottom (which is why we didn’t take all the core out) and remember to leave a little extra on top, as the mincemeat tends to shrink back when it’s cooked.
Finally, take a square of tin foil (about double the size of the apple) and wrap the apple in the foil into a neat parcel.
Repeat the process for as many apples as you can fit in your freezer and you have the perfect winter pudding!
You can cook the apple parcels from frozen, straight out of the freezer. Just put them on a tray into a hot oven, and cook for between 45 mins and an hour, depending on the size. What could be simpler!
When they’re cooked, remove the foil and pour over copious amounts of home made custard, or if you’re feeling particularly naughty lashings of cream!
Very nice indeed.
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