Recipe: Blue cheese stuffed apples


This is a gorgeous and simple alternative to the traditional after-dinner cheese board. The Whalleys use their creamy Mt Eliza Blue Monkey Cheese but a good stilton would also make a delicious substitute.

4 apples (monty’s surprise or braeburns work well)
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
¼ cup dates (or figs), chopped and pitted
1 tablespoon runny honey, and more to garnish
100g Mt Eliza Blue Monkey Cheese
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180°C.
Core the apples and run a knife around the middle to lightly score through the skin (this prevents them exploding in the oven). In a bowl mix together walnuts, dates and honey. Cut 4 slices from the cheese and set aside. Crumble remaining cheese and add to the walnut and date mixture. Spoon into cored apples and
pack firmly.
Bake for about 35 minutes until the apples are soft (test with a sharp knife). Remove from oven and top with the remaining slices of cheese. Allow to stand while cheese melts. Serve drizzled with pan juices and more honey.
Match with a sticky dessert wine such as Mission Estate Late Harvest Gewurztraminer. Serves 4


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