Crispy duck & baked apples

Crispy duck & baked apples

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 4 hrs

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This rich, fruity recipe has just two ingredients - don't be put off by the cooking time, it's mostly walk-away time

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
612
protein
30g
carbs
15g
fat
49g
saturates
13g
fibre
2g
sugar
14g
salt
1.25g

Ingredients

  • 1 large duck weighing 1½ Kg/3lb 5oz
  • 4 eating apples

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 120C/fan 100C/gas ½. Pull any excess fat from the duck’s cavity and use a roasting fork or skewer to prick the skin of the duck all over – do this lightly as you don’t want to pierce the meat. Rub the duck generously inside and out with flaky sea salt, then lay, breast-side down, on a rack over a roasting tray. Roast the duck for 3 hrs, pricking again every now and then should you happen to pass by. While the duck is cooking, score a line gently around the middle of each apple and set aside (this stops them exploding when they cook).
  2. After 3 hrs, remove duck from the oven and turn the heat to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Sit the duck on a plate and carefully pour away most of the fat from the tin. Return the duck to the rack, right way up, and continue to roast for 30 mins. Put the apples in under the duck or around the side and roast for a final 30 mins. By now you should have the crispiest duck and apples on the verge of collapse. Leave the duck to rest for 10 mins, then carve and serve with the apples.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2006

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JLTreasure's picture
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Cooked this for the family. It was my first attempt at Duck and I was amazed how easy it was. Tasted delicious! Even my sceptical DIL raved about it.We were not sure about the apples though, we felt that they did not add anything to the duck.I'll definitely make this again

woodcon's picture

Cooked this today and it was amazing!! And so easy too. I will do it again and again, so trouble free, impressive and extremely tasty

rionnagan's picture

I used this recipe to cook duck for the first time on Christmas Day, it turned out really well and was very easy. I was able to get on with everything else and just leave the duck to do its thing.

bean_mother's picture

Not sure where the star rating is when looking at the site on my iPad, but I'd give it FIVE.
Very simple prep which resulted in a really juicy duck with lovely crispy skin.

azamaxou's picture
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made tis dish a few years ago, my guests at the time are still raving about it

Snoweider's picture
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Delicious!! I made a gravy from the giblet stock with the sticky bits in the pan once the duck was resting. Added a little bit of crab apple jelly to the gravy and some red wine. V.Good.

kerrieyre's picture
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Just finished dinner of roasted duck and it was AMAZING! Alot of fat comes off the duck which is great for doing the veggies in!

branam's picture
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Brilliant results. Will definitely make again, children loved it :)

veedee's picture

For our 'un-valentine' dinner I cooked the duck just as the recipe and it was dee-vine! The very tastiest, crispest and succulent duck - ever, really. I made an orange and port sauce (to an old recipe) which lifted it from delicious to extraordinary. My husband of 35 years agrees. Will make it again and won't wait another 35 years!

nicolastafford's picture
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Really easy and really yummy. Have 3 boys they all loved the duck.

dizzybec's picture
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Great recipe for cooking a duck to serve chinese style. We had the shredded duck meat with wraps, hoisin sauce, sring onions and cucumber, yum yum.

rigathistle's picture

I fell and broke my wrist after putting this in the oven and still managed to host a dinner party that evening as all the work had been done already! Brilliant recipe

scrummyhunny's picture

this was so gorgeous!!! brilliant recipe

chockiebikkie's picture
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Beautiful crispy duck! I had never cooked duck before but I will definitely do this one again. I used eating apples instead of cookers as thats what I had in my garden. Everyone loved it.

joannepd's picture
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I have never cooked a whole duck before so this was a wonderfully easy recipe which had superb results. Duck was moist and flavoursome and the skin was crispy - as promised. I made a red wine gravy with the giblets which complemented the duck perfectly. Debate over the dinner table about whether or not the apples went well with the duck or not - but all four plates were clean by the end of the meal!

abigail's picture
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Fantastic duck. Had a 2.5kg duck which we roasted at Gas mark 1 for 5 hours and then gas mark 4 for 30 minutes with Apples. Fantastic tasting duck really good.

br1ght0n's picture
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The simplest and best recipe for roast duck that I have tried. Skin crispy meat tender and not greasy, and as a bonus, no smell of burnt duck fat around the house afterwards either! I always use this method now.

melanjoy's picture
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I cooked this for Easter Sunday and it was delicious. The meat was so tender and the skin so crisp. The apples went really well with it. I will definately cook it again.

anne55's picture
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This really works. The skin is so wonderfully crispy without being burnt and the meat is so moist but not greasy. The apples just make the whole dish perfect so soft and squidgy. I really is so mouth wateringly scrumptious. The only way to cook duck.

jacaline's picture
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Very easy and very delicious!!

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