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Happy Apple Day!


October 21st is Apple Day! So, as apples are one thing I’m not short of at the moment, here is a blog devoted entirely to apples. And specifically, my apples from my tree ;)

That’ll be this tree.
Looking pretty with blossom in Spring and here with the Tamarisk behind it (May):

Little apples starting to grow (June) – the tree is half eaters, half cookers.

Ready to harvest in September.

Looking like tennis balls on the grass.

Hours of peeling and chopping lie ahead. But it’s ok, ’coz this one loves me.

Now, what to do with them all?

The easiest way, microwaved with cinnamon and raisins. I’ve found using a bit of cooker and a bit of eater gives the best consistency :)

Microwaved with crystallised ginger (yum!) and almonds.

Apple-sort-of-crumble (this was the second lot, it’d gone a bit soggy by now) and custard.

Served with frozen custard (it’s really nice, honest).

Why stick to one colour? These were cooked in butter and red wine, topped off with kiwi and almonds.

Getting more adventurous now. Apple cake.

Apple scones, just out of the oven. I don’t think I’ll be appearing on Bake Off any time soon, but they weren’t too bad for a first attempt ;)

Scones hot from the oven with ice cream and grapes.

Cooled scones with butter and jam, and peanut butter and jam.

I might be reaching the end of my blog now, but I’m clearly not reaching the end of the apples!!
After all of the above, I still have apples on a plate.

In boxes.

In the fridge.

In the freezer.

And for anyone interested in finding out more about Apple Day:
(I haven’t quite figured out how to do links …)

Happy Apple Day everyone!

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great blog!

21 Oct, 2012


Thanks Sticki, I should've got some toffee apples in there too :o)

21 Oct, 2012


Peanut butter and jam!......gosh!

My techie oh thought it was a marketing Apple...

21 Oct, 2012


You have done well with the storing, freezing and all your cooking, how good to have a dual fruiter in one, I have two trees, one is ready in Aug and they don`t keep, it was loaded and the birds are still enjoying the fruits, I have frozen some for cooking, my other tree, just ripening now doesn`t have many at all this year, shame because they do store well, I know strictly speaking its the wrong time of the year but I and my daughter have been busy this morning removing some of its inner branches to allow more light in and around the tree, I will do another prune in Feb, weather permitting. I had no idea it was apple day although knew it was sometime this month.

21 Oct, 2012


ah great blog, lots to do and top storing too : )

21 Oct, 2012


Wonderful blog, you could write a book on apple recipes, what is the name of your apple tree? and I loved the Tamarix we have been trying to grow one for years now....also those apple scones look delicious, could you put the recipe on please...

21 Oct, 2012


Oh oh, I am so hungry! Must try the apples in red wine and butter, sounds wonderful. I didn't know it was apple day either, but we did have apple crumble with cranberries and honey yogurt today.

21 Oct, 2012


oh yes toffee apples ~ i made toffee apple sponge last week!

21 Oct, 2012


I'm not usually a fan of cooked apples - but you make them all look/sound delicious Gem.
Glad you are having a happy apple day :))

21 Oct, 2012


This was so lovely and I have a big bowl of apples waiting for attention so I am grateful for some new ideas. I love ginger and cinammon so shall start copying you tomorrow! The apple storage pics reminded me of that really nice TV programme - 'A Victorian Kitchen Garden' which was on many years ago.

21 Oct, 2012


Happy Apple Day Geranium gem :o)
What a lot of apples, and what a lot of lovely ideas to do with them !

22 Oct, 2012


Pam – Clearly I’m not techy enough, I didn’t even think of that! I think peanut butter and jam is more of an American thing, I thought it sounded disgusting at first but it’s actually really nice (if a bit calorific)!

Lincslass – I’ve left some of the windfalls/maggoty ones out for the birds too, but they don’t seem to be many around at the moment which is a shame.

Sticki – The toffee apple sponge sounds gorgeous ... will be adding that one to my list :)

Thanks Stevie, Scottish and Hywel :)

22 Oct, 2012


Dottydaisy – I don’t know what type the apples are as I only moved in this year so have inherited the tree. I’ve been trying to identify my plants but I don’t know how to go about identifying apples! I borrowed the scone recipe from Stevie’s blog, it’s
I halved the recipe thinking I wouldn’t need 8 scones, but then managed to eat the 4 I’d made within 24 hours lol :o)

Steragram – The red wine and butter idea was heavily adapted from a recipe that I now can’t find, probably for a compot or something, but it worked out quite nice. Plus it made the apples a pretty colour!

Wildrose – I have more ideas than energy to make them! But the “chop them up, add a bit of water and cinnamon/ground ginger/mixed spice, microwave them for a couple of minutes, then throw a bit of whatever else you fancy on top” recipe is so quick and easy it’s my favourite fall-back option for a cold evening :)

22 Oct, 2012


This evening we had stewed apples with sultanas and cinnamon and custard and it was really lovely - just like baked apples minus the peel!!!

22 Oct, 2012


Who needs Nigella when we have you?!!!

22 Oct, 2012


Wildrose I couldn't agree more to your last point!

Geranium gem do you want the recipe for the toffee apple sponge?

23 Oct, 2012


Ooh yes please Sticki :)

Wildrose, that sounds yum!

And while you've mentioned Nigella, if you ever "need" a chocolate cake recipe, I can thoroughly recommend her chocolate and lime cake ... though I'd give her courgette cake a miss, my friend is still making jokes about it 6 years later ;o)

23 Oct, 2012


ok, will try to do it tomorrow for you, dont let me forget.

23 Oct, 2012


Thanks Sticki ... and that's me not letting you forget lol :o))

26 Oct, 2012


Sorry, I hadn't forgotten, just haven't been at home! Will do it asap

27 Oct, 2012


No rush :)
... I have vine weevils to kill and pots to wrap up before I can think about making puddings :)

27 Oct, 2012



27 Oct, 2012


Apple Cake with Toffee Topping from Tessa Kiros, Falling Cloudberries

3 apples ~ golden delicious work well
100g butter softened
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
60 ml milk

20g butter
115g caster sugar
125 mil pouring cream

heat the oven to 190C/375F/gas 5 and grease and line a 24cm springform tin

peel the apples and slice them, arrange around the base of the tin

cream the butter, sugar, vanilla until pale and creamy, add the eggs beating well after each one. sift and add the flour and baking powder, beat in the milk until the mix is soft and fluffy. scrape out the batter over the apple and smooth the top. bake for 30 - 40 mins.

put the butter and sugar in a pan and cook over a medium heat for 3 - 4 mins till the sugar has melted, add the cream drop by drop, lower the heat and simmer for another minute

loosen the side of the cake and pour the caramel over the top, leave to cool before removing from the tin. serve warm or room temperature with ice cream.

28 Oct, 2012


Yum, thanks Sticki :o) Reading that has made me very hungry ...

28 Oct, 2012



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