From our childhood days we know that “An Apple a Day keeps the Doctor Away”. Apples are high in Vitamin C, and it’s been shown that eating them regularly can help to reduce levels of harmful cholesterol in the body.
Children like them, although they often prefer them cut into pieces, rather than whole. But apples can be used to prepare more delicious dishes which are not only juicy and healthy but at the same time easy to cook.
If you have used apples only for salads then start now and prepare this healthy recipes.
Baked apples with spiced honey
Apples can be baked as satisfactorily as cookers and the flesh becomes sweeter and less watery. Baked apple with spiced honey is a slightly more elaborate variation, with a lovely fruity sauce.
4 large apples.
1½ cup apple juice.
1 cinnamon stick,
1 cardamom pod,
2tbsp brown sugar,
½ cup dried fruits & nuts.
1) Preheat the oven to 350F/180C/gas 4.
2) Put the apple juice, honey, cinnamon stick, cloves and split cardamom pod into a small pan, bring to the boil, stir and simmer for 2 minutes. Strain the apple juice.
3) Take each apple and wash, core and score around the middle with a knife-point. Peel, halve and core 4 large eating apples, place cut side uppermost in an ovenproof dish.
4) Stuff with a mixture of soft brown sugar and dried fruits and nuts, or to keep it really simple, just drop a knob of butter into each cavity, and pour over the spiced apple juice as prepared in Step 1.
5) Bake for about 30 minutes or until fruit is soft.
6) Serve with natural yogurt.
Variation : You can add variation to the above dish by replacing the apple juice with orange or pineapple juice.
This is a really speedy, really delicious recipe. Peel the apples if you prefer, but health-wise you’re better off leaving the skins on.
100g (1 cup) plain flour,
3 eggs, 225ml (1 cup) skimmed or semi-skimmed milk,
Cinnamon Powder 1 tsp,
2 medium sized apples cut into thin slices,
1-2 tbsp of vegetable oil,
Salt to taste
1) Blend together plain flour, eggs, milk, cinnamon powder and a pinch of salt until you have a creamy batter. Leave to stand for a few minutes.
2) Remove the cores from 2 medium sized, sweet eating apples. You can do this with a corer, or gouge them out with a small knife(Refer to the picture of the deseeded apple). They don’t have to look beautiful. Slice the apples into very thin rings. Halve the rings from the middle so that they are half moon shaped.
3) Wipe a little oil around a non-stick frying pan and heat until a tiny drop of batter sets immediately. Pour in a thin layer of batter, swirling it around.
4) As it starts to set, drop on a few apple slices. Spread more batter over it to cover the apple pieces. Sprinkle ½ tsp of cinnamon powder over it.
5) Flip the pancake over using a spatula and cook until the other side is set. Serve immediately.
1) You can also add raisins and dry fruits along with the apple pieces in the pan cake.
2) Instead of apple slices you can also use apple cubes.