Bratäpfel mit Walnusseis - Germany


Christmas in Germany is spread across both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day itself. The exchanging of gifts happens on Christmas Eve, and the festive feast is served on Christmas Day.

This classic German dessert comprises of baked apples, walnuts and a buttery white wine sauce. Best served warm with a dollop of cool, freshly whipped cream. 

Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 1-2 hours
Serves: 6

130g raisins
90g walnuts, roughly chopped
130g light brown sugar
60ml dark rum
2 tsp salt
6 baking apples
225ml dry white wine
6 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
115g honey
1 ½ tbsp ground cinnamon
Whipped cream, to serve


  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • In a bowl, mix together the raisins, walnuts, sugar, rum and salt until fully incorporated.
  • Core each of the apples – making sure not to core all the way through - and then place in a baking tray, cored side up. Spoon the sugar-walnut mixture into each of the apples, and then add the wine and butter to the baking dish surrounding the apples. Drizzle the honey over each of the apples then cover with tin foil.
  • Bake in the oven for 1-1 ½ hours or until the apples are tender.
  • Remove the foil and sprinkle the cinnamon over the apples.
  • Serve warm with the sauce from the pan and cool whipped cream.