Music for your Mouth: Fiona Apple

For some reason, every time I think of Fiona Apple I picture Fiona Horne – remember her, the white witch? I know they aren’t the same person so I don’t know what’s causing the mix-up, but I just can’t help it. Sorry Fiona Apple. I’m not sure if you guys have heard any of Fiona Horne’s songs, but well, I’ll let you have a listen for yourselves. Scroll down if you dare…

This is the first thing that springs to mind when I think of apple desserts. It has fond memories for me, it was a regular in mum’s winter repertoire alongside other favourites such as golden syrup dumplings, sago, and custard with dessicated coconut on top. It’s a relatively easy one to whip up, and is super comforting, particularly when you’re all snuggled up on a cold night.


Baked Stuffed Apples
(makes 4)

4 Granny Smith apples
1/2 cup dates, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
2 Tbsp coconut sugar
2 Tbsp nuttelex or coconut oil
1 tsp lemon or orange zest (different but both delicious!)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 180C.

In a small bowl, mix together dates, walnuts, coconut sugar, zest, spices and salt. Add nuttelex and vanilla and stir to combine into a kind of paste.

Now, core your apples. This can be a bit tricky without a corer, but I use a small sharp knife to make the first cut, then use one of those old school melon ballers to remove the rest. I have done it with just a sharp knife, however it does take a bit longer. Make sure you don’t cut all the way through to the bottom or your filling will leak out – try to leave a centimetre or so.

fionaappleUsing a sharp knife, cut a line around the width of the apple. This will prevent the skin from bursting in a funny way.

fionaapple2Now stuff your apples full of mix and pop them in a baking tray or dish.

fionaapple3Put a little bit of water in the bottom of the tray, then cover with a lid or some foil. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove cover, and bake a further 5-10 minutes until apples are tender.

Serve with vanilla ice cream, cream or custard.


This is the first Fiona Apple song I ever heard.

And as promised, this is Fiona Horne on good old Hey Hey It’s Saturday…



  1. I remember thinking fiona apple was quite sweet but don’t remember her songs. We had lots of baked apples when I was little but now I just can’t bring myself to make them – no matter how much the spirit is willing – probably because we just had so many stewed apple dishes when young I get a bit love hate about them. Yours look so beautiful they fill me with longing for them all over again.

    1. Yeah I can understand that. I feel very reminiscent of many childhood desserts because at some point in my life, my mum stopped making desserts – maybe when she started working full time, I’m not sure. So they were infrequent enough to be special, and I looooved anything that I could pair with custard or ice cream!

      1. I had the same reaction as Johanna. Baked apples are my mum’s favourite dessert, so we had them a lot when I was a kid and I haven’t made them since. These ones are tempting me though. I think when Mum gets out of hospital I’ll make some for her…she’ll love them. 🙂

  2. Whoa these remind me of apple dumplings. It is a pretty regional dessert in United States in Pennsylvania. (not to be confused with Southern Apple Dumplings which SCARE me). Basically they are apples that are cored and brown sugar is shoved in the middle and covered in pie crust. They are AMAZING! Traditionally you pour creme on it the burning hot “dumplings” to cool them down.

    1. Ooh a pie crust? Sounds delicious! When my mum used to make these, she would whip butter and put it on top so that the butter would melt down through all the stuffing. Mmm…

      I am going to google Southern Apple Dumplings now…

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