Apples

An apple a day...

An apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Packed with soluble fibre, potassium and vitamin C, nature's snack can be transformed into a delicious dessert for a mid-week treat.

Boasting great health benefits and readily available at your local fruit shop or supermarket, apples are ideal for a guilt-free dessert. Load up the basket and follow these easy (yet delicious) recipes.

Benefits of apples

Not only are apples believed to help protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis, but they're also said to help lower cholesterol and assist in weight loss. A study at Cornell University has also pointed to their cancer-fighting abilities. Rats that ate an apple a day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent, while those that ate three a day reduced their risk by 39 percent and those that ate six a day reduced their risk by 44 percent. Definitely some food for thought!

Apple and berry crumble

Serves 6 

A hot apple crumble fresh out of the oven is perfect for a chilly autumn day. Serve with ice-cream, cream or custard and eat while warm.

Ingredients:

  • 6 golden delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into eight wedges
  • 1 ½ tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 100 grams butter, chilled and diced
  • 200 grams mixed berries
  • ¼ cup flaked almonds

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Place the apple pieces in a pan with a small amount of water and the caster sugar. Cook until the fruit is tender.
  3. Meanwhile combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter.
  4. Throw the cooked apples and the berries in a greased baking dish and cover with the crumble mixture. Sprinkle the flaked almonds on top.
  5. Bake in the oven for about half an hour or until the top of the crumble is golden brown.

Baked apples with sultanas

Serves 4

This dessert is so healthy you can keep going back for more. Baked apples are also great the next morning — if you can manage to save one from the feasters! Serve warm with a dollop of cream or yoghurt.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large apples
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Method:

  1. Wash and core the apples, then score the top and make a slit around the middle of the apple with a knife.
  2. Place all of them in a large, shallow baking dish.
  3. Combine the sugar, sultanas, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar in a small bowl.
  4. Stuff the middle of each apple (where the core has been removed) with the sugar and nutmeg mixture. Add ½ teaspoon of butter to the top of each one.
  5. Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the baking dish and put in the oven.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for about half an hour, or until apples are tender. Baste with juices every now and then if you need to.

Apple and cinnamon yoghurt

Serves 4

DIY your own yoghurt mixture in just a few simple steps. Delicious and healthy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 500g plain yoghurt

Method:

  1. Place the apples, sugar, cinnamon and a few teaspoons of water into a large pot and simmer over a low heat for a few minutes or until the fruit is tender.
  2. Remove from heat and spoon a little of the apple mixture into the bottom of a glass bowl or cup. Dollop yoghurt over the top and serve immediately.

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