Baked Apples with Blackcurrants
Use frozen New Zealand blackcurrants. Choose Braeburn, Gala or Pacific Rose apples for this recipe.
1/2 cup sugar
finely grated zest of 1 lemon (1st measure)
6 tbsp butter (softened)
1kg-1.2kg (8 even-sized) apples (cored with an apple corer and left whole)
8 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
finely grated zest of 2 lemons (2nd measure)
120g NZ frozen blackcurrants, thawed
1 cinnamon quill
3/4 cup Rosé
2 tbsp lemon juice
vanilla bean ice cream and/or whipped cream
To make lemon sugar: In a small bowl place first measure of sugar and lemon zest and mix together. Leave for 1-2 hours in an airtight jar for flavours to infuse.
Preheat oven to 180ºC.
Using 2 tablespoons of the butter generously grease base of a large ceramic baking dish and sprinkle with half of the lemon sugar. Trim bases of apples to enable them to sit evenly in the baking dish, and place apples on top of the lemon sugar.
In a small bowl combine brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon zest. Evenly fill the centre of each apple with this mixture.
Sprinkle blackcurrants over and around apples, pushing a few into the centre of each apple.
Spread remaining butter over the top of each apple and sprinkle apples with remaining lemon sugar.
To the baking dish add cinnamon quill, Rosé and lemon juice.
Place in oven and bake for 30-45 minutes or till apples are soft when pierced with a metal skewer.
Serve hot or at room temperature with the syrup and any spilled blackcurrants poured over the top.
Accompany with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream.