Spiced Baked Apple with Mint Creme Fraiche
|Granulated sugar||250 Gram|
|Dessert apples||4 Large|
|Creme fraiche/Clotted cream||200 Milliliter|
|Mint leaves||15 Gram, shredded|
Dissolve the sugar in 350ml water in a heavy-based pan over a low heat.
Once the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat and boil for 5 minutes.
Reduce the sugar syrup to a gentle simmer and add the cinnamon sticks and star anise.
Simmer until the syrup turns golden, then remove from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.
Peel, core and halve the apples.
Place them in a medium baking dish and pour the infused sugar syrup over.
Cover with foil, then bake for 35-45 minutes, basting the apples with the sugar syrup a couple of times, until the apples are tender but still hold their shape.
Mix the creme fraiche or clotted cream with the mint and chill until you are ready to serve.
Remove the baking dish from the oven arid uncover.
Lift out the apples and place them on a chopping board.
Cut in half again, then thinly slice each quarter.
Overlap the apple slices on serving plates in a circle then glaze with some of the sugar syrup.
Serve with a dollop of the minted creme fraiche and finish with a mint sprig.