Scoop out the apples, leaving a rim approx. 1 cm wide. Roughly chop the flesh and set aside.
Transfer the apples to the prepared dish. In a bowl, mix the mince with all the ingredients up to and including the paprika, knead well by hand until the ingredients have combined to form a compact mass. With wet hands, shape into 8 equal-sized balls. Fill the apples with the mixture. Wrap the bacon around the apples.
Cranberry & apple sauce
Puree the apple flesh with the cranberries. Add the thyme.
For approx. 15 mins. in the centre of an oven preheated to 220°C. Remove and top with the cranberry & apple sauce.