Thanks for all the apple suggestions :-) In the end I peeled and cored them.
I put them in a pan with a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of water and a large spoonful of dark brown sugar. They simmered for about 10 mins until soft and caramelly (sorry non technical terms but you get the drift)
I put them in the bottom of a pudding basin, topped it with a sponge mixture and steamed it for an hour.
Turned out all right!
I had mine with some pouring soya yogurt. Twas very nice indeed. It fed 2 of us 2 nights in a row. A frugal gourmet pud made from some sad wrinkly apples and storecupboard ingredients.
That light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to be seen :-) I have a very interested viewer who is saying and doing all the right things so hopefully I'll have some fab news to report very soon.
On the job front, I had an interview today to get onto the supply teaching list. It went well so here's hoping I get some work when the new school year starts in August.
Still feel it's not quite happening yet but I have hope, more hope than I've had for a while so fingers crossed.