4 apples peeled with the stem on (granny smith works best_
3 cups of sugar
2 vanilla beans, split and scraped (or vanilla essence)
4 cinnamon sticks
Juice of one lemon (optional)
1. In a large pot place peeled apples, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar (and a squeeze of lemon to taste).
2. Cover with water then bring to a simmer over medium to low heat for twenty minutes.
3. Once the apples are soft enough, pierce with a knife. Remove the apples with a slotted spoon to a holding plate.
4, Boil remaining poaching liquid till its reduced to a light syrup (can take 20-40 minutes) , then place the apples back in sauce pot and hold on warm until ready to serve.
5. Place one apple in the middle of each bowl. Pour warm syrup over each apple and then garnish cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans.
Serve with ice cream/greek yoghurt to balance the sweetness