This past Saturday Mama and I went all the way down from Dublin to Clonmel for a guided Apple Blossom Orchard tour that was being held at The Apple Farm. Of course, I got the time wrong and there was absolutely no where open at 11am to get a coffee so we were a little grouchy but we made it and they were so kind to us - honestly I think it was the fact that mama is on crutches waiting for a knee replacement and they took pity on us! It was so beautiful! Oh my gosh, I already knew blossom was one of my favourite things ever, but seriously, wow. The pinky white bee exciting florals were just so gorgeous. And the best of all was all the goodies we could buy in the farm shop - live apple cider vinegar, cider, apples (eating and cooking), juices and more, we were in heaven. When we got back (with our tonne, or so it seemed, of apples) we got to thinking what we could make and ended up with an old favourite, baked apples.
1 cooking apple per person
1 tsp raisins/cranberries/currents/sultanas
1tsp of you choice of nuts (for mine it was walnuts and macadamia. For everyone else we used almonds and hazelnuts)
1tsp honey (we used hard Irish honey. Runny honey burns quicker!)
blitzed pistachios to sprinkle
Simply hollow out the core and fill with nuts, raisins and honey, then sprinkle the pistachio crumble over the top. Bake at 150C for 20 minutes. Ours exploded because we were so buy talking with wine but they were still delicious!