Baked Bramley Apples With Pecans And Golden Syrup

Preparation time
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4
This was the first pudding I made at college, so it’s here for sentimental reasons, but with the addition of golden syrup and pecans. It’s a simple dish that’s great for a cold winter’s day.


4 medium Bramley apples
50g pecan nuts
40g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
4 tbsp golden syrup
50ml water
600ml low fat custard


Pre heat the oven to 200°C, Gas Mark 6.
Grease an ovenproof dish. Wash the apples well and remove the cores - press the corer halfway through one side of each apple. Remove the corer, turn the apple over and push the corer right through that side, then twist and take out the core. Using a sharp knife, make a cut just through the skin going completely around the widest part of the apples.
Place the apples in the dish, they should fit quite snugly, and push half the pecans into the hollows. Add the butter cubes to the hollows, then top up with the rest of the pecans and drizzle in the golden syrup. Pour 50ml water around the base of the apples and then bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the apples just start to split and slightly puff up:  but do not overcook. They will look and smell great. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 15-20 minutes otherwise they will burn your mouth, I promise they will be worth the wait!
Meanwhile, heat up the custard in a pan. Serve apples in deep bowls with lashings of custard and spoon over the buttery juices from the baking dish.

Copyright Phil Vickery
April 2008
Baked Bramley Apples With Pecans And Golden Syrup