While the weather is still chilly there is nothing better than a delicious baked apple (also great in the cooler weather though).

Baked Apples are a scrummy and healthy dessert.  You will love the smell too.  Baking apples in the oven gives your kitchen a wonderfully warm, aromatic scent.

You can bake your apples in 4 easy steps:

Step 1:  Core the Apples

Start by cutting a slice from the stem end of the apple. Using an apple corer or a melon baller, remove the apple core, leaving the basin intact so it can contain the filling. Then peel a strip around the top of each apple.

Chef Tip: Be sure to choose a good baking apple variety, such as Braeburn or Granny Smith.  They hold up best during cooking.  No need to peel the apple as most of the vitamins and minerals are in the skin.

Step 2: Set apples in baking dish

Place the apples in a baking dish or in ramekins.

Step 3:  Seasoning

Sprinkle with Cinnamon and add some Diet Fizzy drink to the dish (Sprite Zero is best).  Tip:  For Variety you can add a few chopped nuts and a Star Anise into the apple core to add extra flavour.  Star anise is especially delicious with Granny Smith apples.  Variation:  top with chopped Nuts from your allowance.

Step 4:  Baking

Bake for 2 to 30 minutes at 180°C or until the apples are tender.

These are wonderful hot or cold.

Note: Adhere to quantities as indicated on your unique TLC-Program.