An old favourite gets a new twist.


  • 4 well flavoured apples (eg. cox's pippins , jonagold, pink lady)
  • 110 g mixed dried fruits (eg. unsulphered apricots, dates, raisins)
  • 25 g toasted walnuts (chopped)
  • 2 tblsp almond butter
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 225 ml apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4) and wash the apples well.
  • Slice a thin layer off the bottom of each apple to enable them to stand. With a corer, cut out the cores of the apples along with a little of the flesh.
  • Place in an oven proof dish.
  • Wash the dried fruit and chop finely. Place in a bowl with the chopped walnuts, almond butter, orange zest and mix well. Stuff into the cored apples.
  • Pour in the apple juice and place the cinnamon stick into the juice.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, basting with the juice a couple of times.
  • To thicken the juice remove the cinnamon stick.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of arrowroot with a little cold apple juice. Add to a pot along with the warm juice and over a medium heat it will thicken.
  • To Serve:
  • Serve over the apples.

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