Sunday, 28 September 2014

Autumn: 5 Recipes for using up a Glut of Cooking Apples

I am very fortunate in that my Dad has an orchard full of apple trees. This was created by my Grandad who planted an apple tree for each grandchild. We are all now in our 30s and 40s, and the apple trees are beautiful gnarled mature trees, and we are lucky enough to get some of this bounty each year. Here are some ideas if you are faced with a similar glut.

1. Chutney
Use your slow cooker to rustle up a Tomato, apple and garlic chutney which will also help you use up the last of any tomato glut (including any green ones) you may have lurking about.


2. Mincemeat
Get ahead for Christmas by making a batch of mincemeat now. It tastes delicious and you can also use it in a baked apple!



3. Baked Apples
This is such an old fashioned dessert, but is so easy to make, especially in a slow cooker. Here is my slow cooker Baked Apples version. To cook them in a conventional oven, bake in an ovenproof dish for around 30 minutes at 200C, or until soft.

4. Apple and Blackberry Crumble
You seriously can't go through Autumn without have a crumble! Whether you go solo with the apples, or add in blackberries, plums or pears, is up to you, but for me the classic combination of slightly tart apples with perfumed blackberries is a marriage made in (autumnal) heaven!

To feed a family of four, you will need:

3 Bramley apples (or other cooking apples)
A couple of handfuls of blackberries, washed well
Sugar

Peel, core and roughly chop the apples and add to a pan with the washed whole blackberries. Add granulated sugar to taste and heat gently until the apples have started to soften. Take off the heat and decant into an ovenproof dish.

300g Plain flour
175g Demerara sugar
200g Butter

Put the crumble ingredients into a food processor and combine. Pour over your apple and blackberry mixture and pop in the oven at 180C for 40 minutes. Serve with cream, ice-cream or custard.



5. Bramley and Blackberry Traybake
This is a dessert/cake recipe which will feed a crowd. I made it as a cake, but would have easily had enough to serve as a dessert with cream or custard for a family of six, plus a slice each for elevenses the following day. The recipe is a BBC Good Food one, which you can find here.



Happy eating!
Love Mrs Jones x

2 comments:

  1. It all looks absolutely yummy!
    Julie xxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you, I had a lot of fun making the recipes! x

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