Baked Apples with Star Anise

A comforting dish on a cold night.

Baked Apples with Spices

There is nothing like a cool evening from Autumn to Spring to inspire you to turn on the oven and bake an apple dessert. Or bake pears the same way (see here).

You might also enjoyย Apples with Lemon and Cinnamon, Butter Glazed Apples, Anise Baked Pears or Apples, Apple and Herb Jelly, or a spicy Carrot and Apple Soup. Other Baked Apple Recipes are here.

Baked Apples

Ingredient Notes

Apples partner with spices very well. Try some of these.

  1. Cloves, because cloves and apples are a wonderful warming marriage.
  2. Star anise as it adds a surprising note.
  3. Black pepper because it is under utilised as a flavour item in small quantities. It is great in a number of dishes if you use it sparingly. Add it here to add a little zing without being peppery.

Use any marmalade that you have. If you want something special, try this cumquat marmalade.

Recipe Notes

JEP1052__44680.1429442876.500.750.jpgIt is difficult to remove the apple core if you don’t have an apple corer. It is a little gadget that removes the cores easily and leaves a nice round hole in the middle of the apple.

Serving Notes

Think cream, sour cream, mascapone cheese, icecream, custard.

Baked Apples with Star Anise

Star Anise Baked Apples

Source : traditional
Cuisine: British
Prep time: 10 mins + 30 minutes to soak the sultanas
Cooking time: 30 – 40 mins
Serves: 1 apple per person

for 4 apples use:
1/2 cup raisins or sultanas
1/3 cup sweet white wine, orange juice or sweetened jasmine tea
1.5 Tblspns marmalade
a small knob butter for each apple
a little sugar
grated lemon rind from 0.5 lemon
few black peppercorns
4 star anise
4 cloves

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Soak the raisins or sultanas in the wine, juice or tea for at least 30 minutes.

When the oven is at temperature, core the apples with an apple corer. Make a slit around the middle of the apple with a sharp knife, just cutting through the skin. This prevents the apple from bursting through the skin while cooking.

Put the apples into an oven proof dish. Push the raisins or sultanas into the core holes, with a little sugar sprinkled over them half way through.

Top each apple with a knob of butter, a little marmalade and a star anise.

Pour the liquid from soaking the sultanas or raisins into the bottom of the dish, add water if you need to raise the level of the liquid to cover the bottom of the dish, and add the lemon rind, cloves and peppercorns.

Sprinkle the sugar over the apples and into the liquid in the dish. The amount that you use will depend on the sweetness of the soaking liquid that you used. I only use a little sugar – you might like your desserts sweeter.

Bake for 30 – 40 minutes in the oven. Serve with cream, icecream or mascapone.

Baked Apples with Star Anise

16 thoughts on “Baked Apples with Star Anise”

  1. wpw, that looks so pretty, and all the ingredients sound so right together!! i have to find star anise soon..any idea where I can get them?? I’m in SF bay area…

  2. I love baked apples, but have never thought to use marmalade and star anise. I usually just mix a bit of honey, almond meal and allspice in with the dried fruit and leave it at that. I do like your version though.

  3. hi kathryn – your version with almond meal sounds very yummy. Hi Miri, yes, try pears. The thought of pears drizzled with marmalade and studded with spices is doin’ my head in. I must try it. I do also have another yummy baked pear recipe – maybe I will try to post that one soon.

  4. I am swooning. So good just reading about it. We have a Indian grocery just down the block with all kinds of great spices – i’m betting they have star anise.

  5. For the first time I see an apple recipe w/o cinnamon. True they taste good together, but its an overdose. Thanks for this no-fuss apple pie ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This is SO beautiful and looks amazingly delicious. Sorry for not replying earlier. I’m really thankful for this entry to the Fresh Produce of the Month event!

  7. Hi Kimberley, hope you managed star anise. It gives a real nice taste addition to the apples.

    Suganya, yes! Cinnamon on apple pie and cloves for baked apples are so common, aren’t they.

    Thanks Chris, really appreciate your comments.

    Thanks Marta. I am looking forward to the roundup.

  8. I love eating apples, and this recipe is another way to enjoy this amazing fruit. Thanks for this recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

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