Baked Apples with Honey and Hazelnuts

Preparation Time: 6 mins approx

4 small Cooking Apples 
25ml Butter

50 g Sultanas ( roughly chopped)

50g dried candied peel

50g Hazelnuts

80g dark brown sugar

30ml clear honey

half a tsp grated nutmeg

150ml Cider

30 ml Brandy

Lime or ginger cream to serve.........

 15ml Icing Sugar

60 ml Lime or Ginger cordial

280 ml Double cream

1/Pre-heat the oven to 180dg
2/using the point of a small sharp knife insert it into the skin approx three quarters to the top of the apple and slit /score the skin only , then remove the apple core and centre of the apple.

3/In a bowl mix together butter,sultanas,dried fruit ,the peel,nuts and sugar  and stuff the apple with this mixture, pressing in firmly.

4/Place the apples into an oven proof dish and drizzle over the honey  and dust with nutmeg

5/ Pour the cider and brandy into the dishthen cover with foil.

Place into the pre-heated oven and cook for approx 20 mins

6/After 20 mins remove the foil , increase the oven temp to 200 dgrs and cook for a further 5 mins or until the apples are glazed.

7/ When ready serve the apples with the pan juices drizzled drizzlwd ovewr the top and a little lime or ginger cream....

 Method for the cream

Place all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk gently until it forms a peak.

Keep refrigerated and serve when ready.
Serves: 4
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