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Ep 49 -Baked Apples and Pears with Berry Salad and Caramel Sauce

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Offsite Challenge - Michael Weldon - Baked Apples and Pears with Berry Salad and Caramel Sauce
Preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4

Baked Apples and Pears with Berry Salad and Caramel Sauce

Baked apples and pears
2 beurre bosc pears, peeled and halved, core removed
1/2 cup sultanas
2 tablespoons caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
1 cup water
2 granny smith apples, peeled and halved, core removed
Berry Salad
1 punnet blueberries
1 punnet raspberries
1 punnet strawberries
Caramel sauce
395g can sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons golden syrup
25g butter
150mls pure cream
Rocky Road
1 cup dark chocolate
1 cup milk chocolate
1 cup marshmallows, halved
1/4 cup sultanas
5 digestive biscuits, crushed
Marshmallow skewers
1 bag marshmallows
2 punnets strawberries, calyx removed

1 Preheat oven to 200C.

2 For baked apples and pears, place pears in a roasting tray or Dutch oven, sprinkle sultanas and sugar over fruit and drizzle with vanilla bean paste. Add water, cover with a lid or foil and bake for 20 minutes or until pears are half cooked. Add apples and cook for another 15 minutes or until apples are tender.

3 For caramel sauce, pour condensed milk into a saucepan with golden syrup and butter and cook over a medium heat until caramelised, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, pour in cream and
whisk to combine.

3 For berry salad, combine berries.

4 For rocky road, melt chocolate and combine with other ingredients. Press into a 3-5cm deep baking paper-lined tray and allow to set. Turn out, remove paper and slice into pieces.

5 For skewers, soak bamboo skewers in water, or use metal skewers. Thread marshmallows onto skewers, roast over a fire until golden and decorate with a strawberry.