Baked Apples Stuffed with Dates and Ginger - Flora Pro.activ

With all the fancy rich and sugary foods that most of us eat at this time of year, it's good to know you can still have a delicious dessert without it being bad for you.


Flora pro.activ contains plant sterols.  Plant sterols have been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease.  Consuming 1.5-2.4g of plant sterols per day can lower cholesterol by 7-10% in 2-3 weeks when consumed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle with sufficient fruit and vegetables.

Having been asked by Flora Pro.activ to make their recipe for Baked Apples with Ginger and Orange, a lovely hamper of goodies arrived!


The hamper contained all the ingredients to make the recipe along with a Jamie Oliver pestle and mortar, lovely a Christmas apron, pomegranate hearts which are jelly like sweets that taste rather nice I must say!
A really nice heart shaped wooden chopping board and a heart shaped Le Creuset stoneware dish.

Now these baked apples are really good, I don't usually like desserts but it has to be said the date and ginger stuffing turns almost toffee like on top of the apples.  The orange and ginger spread is added at the end of cooking and melts over the apples.  In a word, these baked apples are delicious.
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Print Recipe
https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/baked-apples-stuffed-with-dates-ginger-and-orange

To serve 2 you will need:

2 Bramley cooking apples
30g (1oz) stem ginger - finely chopped
55g (2oz) ready to eat dates - finely chopped
4 tablespoons water
   
For the orange and ginger spread:
25g (1oz) Flora pro.activ
2 tablespoons runny honey
Zest of 1 orange
¼ teaspoon ground ginger

How to do it:
Preheat the oven to 200°C, 180°C fan oven, gas mark 6.
Using an apple corer remove the core, then score carefully with a sharp knife around the middle of the apples and put them on a baking tray.
Mix the chopped dates and stem ginger together.

 
Now fill the centre of the apples with the mixture. Add the water to the dish. Bake for 30–35 minutes until soft and cooked through.

Meanwhile blend Flora pro.activ spread, orange zest, ground ginger and honey. When the apples are ready, serve with the flavoured Flora pro.activ spread and allow to melt over the apples.

Nutritional information per portion:
Energy in kj 242
Fat 4.6g and of which Saturates 1.2g,
Carbohydrates and Protein, nill
sugars 39.1, 
salt 0g
  

You can find loads more recipes and information on how eat better and look after your heart over at the Flora Pro.activ website.  
Many thanks to Sarah and Flora Pro.activ for sending me the ingredients to make this recipe and  the lovely hamper of goodies.

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