I don’t have a sweet tooth, but my daughter and husband do! I am sure they would like this recipe from my favourite little cookery book, eighty years old – the National Mark Calendar of Cooking. I guess the authors, Ambrose Heath and Dorothy Cottington Taylor thought this would be a delicious and warming dessert – apples are still in season, and no doubt November is just the month when this would be appreciated. Maybe it would follow another November recipe, braised beef perhaps, stuffed onions with beef and mushroom filling, or egg and potato casserole,which I described the other day.

Apples with chocolate

  • dessert apples, cored and peeled (no indication of size or number – I guess one large per person, or a couple small!)
  • 2 egg whites (the recipe actually just says ‘eggs’ but here is no mention of the yolks so presumably only the whites are needed
  • 2 or 3 bars of chocolate (no size given – maybe in 1936 there was only one size)
  • powdered chocolate (drinking chocolate maybe?)
  • castor sugar
  • cinnamon
  1. cook the apples whole in syrup (no ingredients given for syrup, presumably a little water and sugar)
  2. using a bain marie or a bowl over a pan of hot water, melt the chocolate with a teacup of cold water
  3. add a pinch of cinnamon and another teacup of water, this time with more heat to reduce the chocolate to a thick sauce (this must be a different type of chocolate from what we have!)
  4. beat the egg whites with sugar and powdered chocolate until they are stiff
  5. place the apples in an oven-proof dish, fill with the chocolate
  6. cover with meringue and brown in the oven

If I actually was to do it for my family I think I might do the chocolate part somewhat differently!

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