This is the sort of thing I like to eat on Christmas Eve — quite healthy and homely and just delicious. We eat it with teaspoons, scraping the soft apple out of the skins and eating it with the juice and ice cream. You could also fold a slightly sweetened fruit purée into the ice cream before churning it. You’ll need an ovenproof dish that’s about 26 × 20 cm (10 × 8 inches) and just large enough to take the eight apple halves compactly. You could bake the apples in advance, cover them with foil and then just heat them up a bit before serving.