Baked apples with blueberry compote

This is a great family dessert. You can use frozen blueberries when fresh berries are out of season or too expensive.

  • 4 medium apples, washed and cored
  • 4 dates, pitted
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • ¼ star anise
  • 1/3 vanilla pod, split lengthwise
  • 300g blueberries

Preheat the oven to about 180°C. Make a cut 1 mm deep around the middle of each apple.

Place the apples in a small baking dish and place a pitted date in the hole of each cored apple. Spoon the orange and lemon juice over the apples and sprinkle with sugar. Add the star anise and vanilla pod to the dish. Transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes, basting now and then with the juices.

After 30 minutes, scatter the blueberries into the dish and stir gently with the pan juices. Cover the dish with aluminium foil and bake for a further 20 minutes or until the apples are soft.

Serve the apples warm, with a spoonful of blueberries and juice.

Serves 4

Recipe and image courtesy of Gabriel Gate and Dr Rob Moodie’s “Recipes for a great life: Simple steps to wellbeing and vitality.”