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Lighter Baked Apples with Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

Apples:

  • 4 large apples
  • 2 tablespoons brown or coconut sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Around 4 tablespoons water or fruit juice

Caramel:

  • 1/3 cup (60g) brown cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) butter

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Core the four apples taking care not to go right through to the bottom and then place on a baking tray or dish.
  3. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and put in the holes left by removing the core and sprinkle over the outsides. Brushing with a touch of water helps the sugar mixture stick but don't worry if some of the mixture falls on to the baking dish.
  4. Pour just enough water in to the baking dish to just cover the surface. Bake the apples for around 50-60 minutes and then remove from the oven.
  5. Just before the apples are ready, prepare the caramel: Heat the sugar, vanilla sugar and milk together in a pan. Stir as the mixture heats and when it starts bubbling, add the butter, continuing to stir until it has melted and the sauce has thickened. Pour into the middle of the apples and drizzle a little on the outsides.
  6. Leave the apples to cool for a while (they are way too hot to eat immediately) and then serve as they are, or with a touch of Greek yoghurt or ice-cream. Enjoy!