CounterCultural Kitchen || Exploded Apples with Currants and Lemon Butter

CounterCultural Kitchen || Exploded Apples with Currants and Lemon Butter

Last weekend, I was over at Annabel’s to spend time writing, walking and watching manga. We also spent a fair amount of time in the kitchen, enjoying good food. Annabel is becoming an incredible cook and made an amazing dahl. I decided to contribute a taste of autumn, testing out a Waitrose recipe card I collected years ago.

That taste of autumn was baked apples stuffed with maple syrup, raisins, lemon and ginger. They were delicious. Soft, sweet, juicy. There was just one tiny flaw…

The apples had exploded!

Annabel and exploded apples
Turning round to see a tray full of half exploded cooked apples has to be one of the funnier memories I’m going to share with Annabel. I think both of us were slightly shocked and questioned where we had gone wrong.

However, as we still ended up with bowls of delicious, slightly autumnal pudding, I figured it would be a shame not to share our creation with you!

Before I share the recipe with you, though, I have a confession to make. I may have adapted this recipe ever so slightly from the original Waitrose recipe. Firstly, I switched the demerara sugar with maple syrup. I’m all about replacing actual sugar with a more natural form of sugar. It might seem like a small change but to achieve the same level of sweetness, less maple syrup is required. This means less sugar, which can only be a good thing. Secondly, all our portions were completely guesstimated as we were reducing from serving 6 to serving 2.
Exploded Apples with Lemon Butter

So, bearing all that in mind, enjoy baking your own exploded apples with lemon butter.

Exploded Apples with Currants and Lemon Butter
Serves 2
This was an accidental creation due to our apples exploding. We can't guarantee your apples will also look as if they exploded but we can guarantee it's yummy! All ingredients are approximate.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
578 calories
105 g
54 g
21 g
3 g
13 g
494 g
13 g
86 g
1 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 578
Calories from Fat 186
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g
Saturated Fat 13g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 54mg
Sodium 13mg
Total Carbohydrates 105g
Dietary Fiber 12g
Sugars 86g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 4 Bramley Apples
  2. 1/2 Cup Currants
  3. 6 tbsp Maple Syrup
  4. 1 Lemon
  5. Generous Pinch of Ground Ginger
  6. 50g Butter
For the Baked Apples
  1. Carefully using a knife or corer, remove the core from each apple.
  2. Score a line round the middle of each apple and slice the very top off.
  3. Place the apples in an oven tray so that they stand upright.
  4. Remove the zest from the lemon.
  5. Mix together the maple syrup, currants and lemon zest.
  6. Fill the hole in each apple with the syrup mixture.
  7. Cover the oven tray in foil.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the foil from the tray.
  10. Bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until sufficiently "exploded".
For the Lemon Butter
  1. Melt the butter over a low-medium heat.
  2. Stir juice from the lemon in to the butter.
  3. Taste and add maple syrup to sweeten, if necessary.
To Serve
  1. Spoon the apples and currants into bowls.
  2. Spoon/Pour the lemon butter over the apples.
  3. Enjoy!
Adapted from Waitrose Recipe Card
Adapted from Waitrose Recipe Card
CounterCultural. CounterCouture.

One Response to CounterCultural Kitchen || Exploded Apples with Currants and Lemon Butter

  1. […] Just as British as autumnal fruit crumbles and pies is Nigel Slater. I can’t remember when I first became aware of him and his wonderfully relaxed way of cooking but he’s always been a favourite of my dad. In fact, my dad loves cooking so much that for his birthday a couple of years ago, I bought him Nigel Slater’s Real Cooking and the ingredients for one of the recipes. Ever since then I I have been itching to try out some of the other recipes. When I saw this one for an easy-to-assemble fruit pie, I knew it was a perfect autumn pudding (drawing closely with exploded apples and currants). […]

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