Pink and Delicious South African Baked Apples

Pink and Delicious South African Baked Apples

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Check out this recipe for a simple, sensational dessert that’s healthy and hits all the right culinary notes. Yummy! I eat mine vegan so enjoy with coconut ice cream.

South African Pink Lady and Golden Delicious apples, cored and scored around their middles then filled with dried fruit, orange zest and ground almonds baked until soft and delicious! 

Serve with ice cream or yogurt. They also make the perfect breakfast too!



Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking: 20-25 minutes

Serves: 4

2 South African Pink Lady apples

2 South African Golden Delicious apples

30g butter, softened

50g ground almonds

30g light muscovado sugar

2tbsp sultanas

Finely grated zest and juice of 1 large orange

vegan ice cream or single cream, to serve



Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4.

Using a sharp knife, score abound the middles of each apple – like an equator running around the earth! Remove the cores with an apple corer or a sharp knife. Grease a baking dish with a knob of the butter, then stand the apples in the dish.

Mix the remaining butter with the ground almonds, sugar, sultanas and orange zest. Spoon into the cored apples, and pour the orange juice on top.

Bake the apples for 20-25 minutes, until the flesh is soft – check with the tip of a sharp knife to see if they are tender. Cool for a few minutes (or else they are too hot to handle!) and serve with vanilla ice cream or single cream.

Cook’s tip: If you can’t fit all the filling into the apples, just add it to the baking dish 5 minutes before the end of cooking time.

Nutritional values per serving per 100g

Energy 344 145

Fat 16.8g 7.1g

of which saturates 6.5g 2.7g

Carbohydrate 41g 17.5g

of which sugars 41g 17.1g

Fibre 3.7g 1.6g

Protein 5g 2.1g

Salt 0.2g 0.1g


Recipe by Sue Ashworth in collaboration with South African Fruit.

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