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Tufahija - Spicy Cooked & Baked Apples Recipe


Word tuffàh (Arabic: تفاحة‎) means apple.

Word tuffàh (Arabic: تفاحة‎) means apple.


This delicious recipe originates from Persia and were introduced to the people of Balkan during the Ottoman Empire. We can find origin of word tufahija in Arabic language. Word tuffàh (Arabic: تفاحة‎) means apple. The basic ingredients are walnuts, apples, water and sugar. But there are a lot of variations. Generally, this is Bosnian delicacy, but people from Macedonia and Serbia also love this delicious sweet dish. It is very sweet, so you can reduce the sugar up to your taste. They are served cold. And believe me nothing easier to prepare. No errors, and you will impress all your guests. The fact that last for centuries speaks for itself. Tufahija is very refreshing, tasty and light.

Cook Time

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15 min

20 min

35 min

Serves four people.


  • 4 apples, medium, Granny Smith
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juice of
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar, muscovado
  • 10 pcs cloves
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • 2 tespoons nutmeg, ground
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon raisins, soaked in warm water
  • few drops white rum
  • 1 whipped cream


  1. Add water, sugar, half of vanilla sugar, lemon juice and cloves into a saucepan enough to hold 4 apples. Bring to a boil, simmer for a five minutes, stirring to dissolve all the sugar.
  2. Peel and core apples. Reserve the peelings for the next step. Add the apples gentle to the sugar syrup. Simmer on medium heat until they are medium soft, not musshy, approximately 5 - 10 minutes. Do not overcook the apples, it is very important.The apples taste best when they are stewed to the right firmness and are not too soft. Remove the apples very gentle and place on a plate to cool. Then put them in to the fridge.
  3. Add the peelings from the step two into the syrup and simmer next 10 minutes. Strain syrup and leave it to cool, than chill it into the fridge.
  4. Whisk the egg white with the second half of vanilla sugar. Stir together with raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnuts. Put a pinch of brown sugar and few drops of white rum in the hole. Fill the apple with the mixture
  5. Put the filled apples in the oven and bake for 10 minutes
  6. Remove from the oven on a rack to cool.
  7. Put the apples in the glass bowl, pour syrup over them and top with whipped cream.
  8. Enjoy!


Very similar dishes are prepared all over the world. Baked apples stuffed with oatmeal & spiced brown sugar, Baked apples with brown sugar and raisins, Stewed apples even Poached Pears and Poached Peaches. Common ingredients are cinnamon, brown sugar and raisins. Let your imagination run wild and create your own specialty.

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Tufahija - Spicy Cooked & Baked Apples Recipe

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 27, 2014:

Thank you Nadyn. I'm sure you'll like this recipe.

Bernadyn from Jacksonville, Florida on April 25, 2014:

Sounds delicious and looks pretty easy to do. I'm going to try this over the weekend since we just bought apples and I have all the other ingredients, too.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 07, 2014:

You should try this recipe. Thanks for the comment!

CraftytotheCore on April 04, 2014:

Looks delicious. I love baked apples.

Darko Milenkovic from Novi Sad on March 31, 2014:

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Yummy, spiced apples. Looks good!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on March 30, 2014:

It is very tasty and so easy to prepare. My recommendations :-)

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 28, 2014:

This looks very good, and both your photos and step-by-steps make me want to try it!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on March 27, 2014:

The dish looks yummy and I love the glass it's served in. It sounds like a recipe that is definitely worth trying. Since I've killed so many plants in my life, perhaps I will try to develop cooking skills instead. That, and potted plants for a change.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on March 27, 2014:

Thank you for nice comment. Yes, baked apples on American or European way are very simmilar, but here you can smell the Orient.

Imogen French from Southwest England on March 27, 2014:

Mmm - I love spiced apples. I do a similar baked apple sometimes, using English cooking apples baked in the oven with spices and brown sugar inside and with the skin still on. Your recipe sounds a little more special, though, with the lovely syrup and dried fruit filling. Thanks for sharing.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on March 27, 2014:

Than's for sharing Treathyl :-)

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on March 27, 2014:

Thank you MsDora. The recipe is from distant Persia and somehow was transferred into Turkey. As the Turkish (Ottoman) Empire ruled Bosnia, Macedonia and Serbia for 500 years, they have left deep traces in culture, cuisine and among other things, this wonderful recipe.

Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on March 27, 2014:

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Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 27, 2014:

Tufahija sounds and looks good, and seems simple enough. It's great to have recipe from Persia. Thank you for sharing.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on March 26, 2014:

You are welcome Jo Alexis :-)

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on March 26, 2014:

This looks yummy!!! I must try it, thank you for sharing.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on March 26, 2014:

Thank's, believe me it is very, very tasty and easy to prepare.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 26, 2014:

I like to try new recipes and this one looks so different and spicy with apple great choice.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 26, 2014:

Never heard of it but it looks delicious.

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