Elderflower and raspberry baked apples

Elderflower and raspberry baked apples
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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Unroll the pastry on to a lightly floured work surface and cut out six circles with the cutter. Using the remaining pastry, cut out some little leaves and ‘stalks’ to decorate the pastry hats. Set these all aside.
  2. Place the raspberries in a bowl, add the jam and gently stir so that all the raspberries are coated. Slice the bottom off each apple so that it can sit up straight, then remove the core and seeds (using either a sharp knife or an apple corer).
  3. Place the apples on a lipped baking tray or in an ovenproof dish and fill the hole in the centre of each one with the raspberry mixture. Pour the elderflower cordial around the apples and add the butter.
  4. Place a pastry hat on top of each apple, brush it with beaten egg, and decorate with your pastry leaves and stalks, sticking them on with beaten egg. Brush again with egg, then generously sprinkle with caster sugar.
  5. Bake for 30–35 mins or until the pastry is golden and crisp and the apples are soft and steaming. Serve each apple with a spoonful of the sticky red glaze and scoops of vanilla ice cream.
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Tip

A quick apple pie scaled down, for those self-indulgent moments!

Ingredients

320g (14oz) ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry
A little plain flour, for dusting
100g (4oz) fresh raspberries
120g (4oz) good-quality raspberry jam
6 eating apples, Granny Smith or Cox's
100ml (4floz) elderflower cordial
A knob of butter
1 medium egg, beaten
1–2 tbsp caster sugar
Vanilla ice cream, to serve

Notes

Time: 20 mins
Serves: 6
Nutrition: n/a