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One of the hardest things about autumn is saying goodbye to soft fruit. Peaches, strawberries, raspberries and cherries finish their season, and once again apples and pears reign as kings. Fortunately the latter make great desserts when stuffed and baked. They can be baked in an oven, or in the hot coals of a campfire (if doing so bake your apples for 20 minutes, and your bananas for 15 minutes), making them the perfect food to serve on 5th November.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bananas:

  1. Preheat oven to 220oC/425oF/gas 7.
  2. Open up the bananas by cutting into their bellies, down the inner arch. You want to make the cut deep enough that it goes all the way through the banana flesh, but doesn’t pierce the skin on the other side.
  3. Smear the peanut butter inside and push in the Flake.
  4. Wrap the bananas separately in tin foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate and Toffee Bananas:

1.Preheat oven to 220oC/425oF/gas 7.

2. Open up the bananas by cutting into their bellies, down the inner arch. You want to make the cut deep enough that it goes all the way through the banana flesh, but doesn’t pierce the skin on the other side.

3. Push in the toffee pieces first and then the Flake.

4. Wrap the bananas separately in tin foil and bake for 25 minutes.

5. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Spiced Honey Apples:

1. Preheat oven to 190oC/350oF/gas 4.

2. Using a curved vegetable peeler, or a small knife, remove the apple cores without taking out the bottom. Make a cavity just over an inch wide. Run a knife around the apples a third down the outside, scoring the skin. Also score some lines into the top third of the apple, spanning out from the hole like a star. Doing this will prevent the apples from losing their shape.

3. Heat a small pan over a high heat. When the pan is hot, add the spices and stir for 10-15 seconds until they start to release their flavours.

4. Tip the spices into a bowl and add the melted butter, sultanas, honey and oats. Divide the mixture into two, and stuff into the apples.

5. Over each apple sprinkle 1tsp of sugar.

6. Wrap the apples individually in tin foil and bake for 40 mins, or until soft.

7. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Mars Bar Apples:

1. Preheat oven to 190oC/350oF/gas 4.

2. Using a curved vegetable peeler, or a small knife, remove the apple cores without taking out the bottom. Make a cavity just over an inch wide. Run a knife around the apples a third down the outside, scoring the skin. Also score some lines into the top third of the apple, spanning out from the hole like a star. Doing this will prevent the apples from losing their shape.

3. In a bowl combine the melted butter, Mars Bars and oats. Divide the mixture into two, and stuff into the apples.

4. Wrap the apples individually in tin foil and bake for 40 mins, or until soft.

5. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Useful Cooking Information

Weight

Metric Imperial
10 g½ oz
20 g¾ oz
25 g1 oz
50 g2 oz
75 g3 oz
110 g4 oz
150 g5 oz
175 g6 oz
200 g7 oz
225 g8 oz
250 g9 oz
275 g10 oz
350 g12 oz
450 g1 lb
500 g (½ kg)18 oz
700 g1½ lb
900 g2 lb
1 kg2¼ lb
1.3 kg3 lb
1.8 kg4 lb
2.2 kg5 lb

Volume

Metric Imperial
50 ml2 fl oz
75 ml3 fl oz
100 ml3½ fl oz
125 ml4 fl oz
150 ml5 fl oz¼ pint
200 ml7 fl oz
250 ml9 fl oz
300 ml10 fl oz½ pint
425 ml15 fl oz¾ pint
600 ml20 fl oz1 pint
800 ml1½ pint
1 l1¾ pints
1.2 l2 pints
1.5 l2½ pints
1.8 l3 pints
2 l3½ pints

Measurements

Metric Imperial
5 mm¼ inch
1 cm½ inch
2 cm¾ inch
2.5 cm1 inch
3 cm1¼ inches
4 cm1½ inches
5 cm2 inches
10 cm3 inches
15 cm4 inches
20.5 cm6 inches
23 cm9 inches
25 cm10 inches
30 cm12 inches

Spoon measures - mean level measures unless the recipe says 'heaped'

Eggs - are always large for baking, unless recipe says otherwise


Oven Temperatures

Gas °F °C
Mark 1275140
2300150
3325170
4350180
5375190
6400200
7425220
8450230
9475240

Fan assisted ovens - remember to reduce temperatures by 20°C

Most Useful US/European Conversions

ButterUS 1 cup / 2 sticks8 oz220 g
SugarUS 1 cup6 oz175 g
FlourUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
LiquidUS 1 cup8 fl oz225 ml
Prepped OnionsUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Cheese, GratedUS 1 cup4 oz110 g
Diced FruitUS 1 cup5 oz150 g
Fresh BreadcrumbsUS 1 cup2 oz55 g

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