- 6 Golden Delicious apples
- 3 tablespoons crushed almonds
- 1/3 Cup dried cherries or cranberries
- 1 tablespoon wheat germ
- 1 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- 1/4 Cup of water
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
Apple is the quintessential fruit, although not necessarily because of its vitamins, but more because of its high water content – more than 80% – and for its phytochemical substances and the beneficial properties for its skin which help prevent cancer and diabetes, as well as reduce cholesterol levels. In addition, it is diuretic, antioxidant and reduces blood pressure thanks to its high potassium content. Furthermore, this fruit contains both soluble and insoluble fibre, which means that if we consume it raw and with the skin, it prevents constipation, and helps us digest fat, thanks to its content of malic and tartaric acids, when we ingest it after an unbalanced meal.
We know that the apple had a huge impact on the cuisine of ancient civilizations, as its consumption was prominent in classical Greco-Roman society. In fact, there are documents in which apples are shown as the fruit used in Eros’ rituals, this in addition to being co-protagonists of the goddess Aphrodite’s mischiefs.
To make these, mix the cherries or cranberries, almonds, wheat germ, a tablespoon of brown sugar, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and the nutmeg in a bowl. Then, peel the apples (of the many varieties, the Golden Delicious is the most recommended for baking) and core them in order to later fill with the previous mixture. Place the apples in a deep pan to which we will add water. Then, cover them with honey and canola oil in order to, lastly, put them into a preheated oven where we will let them bake until they are tender, thirty minutes should suffice. Once cooked, plate up and serve.
Our baked apples are ready! As you can see, this is a simple and quick dessert, but, most importantly, it is essential for a healthy diet and adequate for all family members.