Baked Christmas Apples filled with Pistachios & Date ‘Marcipan’

Ready to get into the holiday spirit?

Let’s start with these delicious Baked Winter Apples.

The perfect combination, they’re sweet, nutty, and oh-so-festive.

They’re also healthy and easy to make. What more could you ask for in a holiday treat?

The filling is a healthy “marzipan” made from dates and nuts.

I like to use pistachios and toasted almonds, but you can use any nuts you have on hand.

To give the apples a little extra shine, I like to add a splash of butter and maple syrup halfway through baking for a deliciously caramelized surface.

You can serve these baked winter apples with yogurt, creme fraiche, or whipped cream.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a splash of rum for an extra aromatic twist.

So, let’s get baking!

These baked winter apples are the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

And when you make a batch, be sure to share your creations on Instagram and tag me so I can see all of your delicious creations!

Happy Holidays!

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Baked Christmas Apples filled with Pistachios & Date 'Marcipan'

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 6
Calories 232kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 apples choose some that can hold the shape while baking
  • 30 g pistachio
  • 50 g almonds
  • 100 g soft dates stone removed
  • 25 g butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground vanilla
  • 14 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200ºC / 400ºF. Rinse all apples. Cut of the top ‘hat’ of the apple. Then gently remove the core of the apple – but be carefull not to cut brought the skin or the bottom of the apple.
  • In a foodprocessor combine butter, spices, dates and nut and blend until you have a sticky ‘marcipan’. Fill up the apples with the marcipan and place the top back on the apple. Place the apples in a baking tray and let them bake in the oven. After 10 min you remove the apples and place a little nut-sized piece of butter on top of each and drizzle them with a little maple syrup. Place them back in the oven and give them 10-20 more minutes, until they are completely tender and golden. The baking time varies according to sort of apple, so you need to use you eyes and nose here 🙂
  • To the apples with a little extra chopped pistachio and serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or whipped cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg