Baked Apples with Dark Chocolate & Cardamom
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You will need
4 large baking apples
Seeds from inside 8 cardamom pods
8 fresh dates, stoned and chopped
2 tbsps Highbank Orchard Syrup (or maple syrup or honey)
Juice of ½ lemon
60g dark chocolate, chopped into large chunks
Natural yogurt, to serve
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Wash the apples and core them. Using a sharp knife, score a line around the middle of each apple to stop the skin from cracking in the oven when they expand during cooking.
Place into an ovenproof dish.
Grind the seeds from the cardamom pods in a grinder or pestle and mortar and mix in a bowl with the dates, syrup, lemon juice and dark chocolate.
Spoon this mixture into the centre of the apples, pushing down with the thin end of a wooden spoon to fit as much of the filling as possible into each apple.
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, watching closely to make sure any overflowing chocolate doesn't burn.
Serve with natural yogurt, drizzled with some additional syrup.