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Stuffed Date + Walnut Apple

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Ingredients

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1 apple
1/4 cup dates, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of vanilla bean powder
TO SERVE:
vanilla ice cream
caramel sauce

Stuffed Date + Walnut Apple

  • Serves 1
  • Medium

Ingredients

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There is a good solid rationale behind my passion for food – it’s real, tangible and has logical reasoning. You know that if you whisk eggs into butter and sugar, followed by flour, the chemistry will work to bake into a cake. There is surety, there is comfort. It helps you think straight and believe that most things are very much in your control. It brings me down to earth – the realities and in a very positive fearless way.

Now, this recipe is another tangent of surety, comfort and warmth. This recipe is for one, simply multiply for the number of guests you have – or on how greedy you’re feeling. The dates are cooked quickly in orange juice and spices, with nuttiness from ground walnuts, then stuffed into the apple, and baked to glory in a matter of 20 minutes – perfect to be served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

Of course, this is an extremely adaptable recipe – one that you make your own based on your likings, cravings and most importantly, what’s in your fridge! A few other ideas: chocolate, peanut butter, chopped up candies, pretzels, fresh fruits and berries, nuts – you know the drill!

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Steps

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Preheat the oven to 180C
Prepare a baking tray with parchment paper
Slice the top part of the apple for the lid and set aside
Gently using a melon-baller, scoop out the inside of the apple, careful not to reach the bottom
Set aside the apple parts that you’ve removed and finely chop them up
Place a pan on medium heat and add the chopped up apples, dates, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon and orange juice
Cook the filling until all are soft and can be mashed up together with a potato masher and then stir in the ground walnuts
Stuff this filling into the apple and cover with the lid
Bake for 20 minutes
Remove and serve hot with vanilla ice cream and drizzle of caramel ice cream

Kamini Patel

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