Baked apples are a delicious yet frugal dessert, especially good for entertaining and feeding large numbers of people. They look impressive but take minimal effort and have that delicious fall/winter festive feel about them!
Preheat fan forced oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit)
Wash and core apples, shaving away a little extra from the centre to ensure the hole in the middle is big enough for filling
Use a small sharp knife to score a line around the apple (about 1/3 of the way down) just cutting through the skin (this is to prevent them from exploding in the oven as they cook)
Place apples on a deep baking tray (I used my cast iron skillet)
In a bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, sultanas, cinnamon and most of the chopped walnuts (reserve some for topping)
Divide oat mixture evenly between the apples, spooning it into the centre of each
Sprinkle remaining walnuts on top of the apples
Drizzle the maple syrup evenly over the apples
Pour the water into the base of the baking tray around the apples
Place tray in the oven and set timer for 30 minutes
Apples may be ready sooner depending on their size and the power of your oven, generally you will be able to smell when they are ready
Once the apples are cooked through and the skin/topping is golden, remove from the oven and place into individual bowls
Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to each bowl and drizzle with some more maple syrup if desired
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Baked apples are best eaten fresh, however if you do find yourself with extra, do not add the ice cream and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply reheat and add ice cream to serve!
If you don't have the right ingredients for the stuffing on hand, feel free to make up your own, baked apples are very customisable and you can fill them with almost anything that takes your fancy!