1 Preheat oven to 180°C. Place one apple half, cut-side down, on a board. Make thin, evenly spaced cuts at 5mm intervals, to about two-thirds of the way through. Place apples, in a single layer, in a large baking dish.
2 Combine sugar, table spread and cinnamon in a small bowl. Brush the cinnamon mixture over apples. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes, or until the apples are just tender.
3 Meanwhile, make the pecan crumble: Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl until crumbs form.
4 When apples are cool to touch (about 10 minutes), fan open the apple slices before scattering with the pecan crumble. Bake apples for a further 15 minutes, or until golden and tender.
5 Serve apples warm, topped with a small scoop of ice cream.