My neighbour gave us two big bagfuls of cooking apples this weekend. Her garden is a rambling affair with lots of gnarled and wind-battered old apple trees and like the rest of the country, her crop last year was almost non-existent but this year has been a bumper one for the humble apple - and we are reaping the benefits.
I’m not entirely sure what to do with 30+ cooking apples, but I’m going to do my best to use them this week as I don’t think they will keep for long. On Sunday, I made a Mary Berry recipe - American Apple & Raisin Cake - which was dead easy and rather delicious. We ate it with ice-cream in front of a roaring fire on Sunday evening.
I think I’ll also try another Mary Berry recipe too - this time for an apple dessert cake. Apparently it can be eaten like a Danish with morning coffee (I’m in!) but it also freezes well so it sounds pretty good to me.
I’ve also promised my mum & dad an apple pie when they come for dinner tonight and I reckon apples stewed with a bit of brown sugar will work wonders wrapped in a pancake for breakfast one morning.
What else can I do with them? Any tried and tested cooking apple recipes I’m overlooking? Can you make apple jam? Is it too early to make a dried apple Christmas garland?