An Apple a Day

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Summer days spent on the beach and fabulous seafood meals now seem like a distant dream.  It's incredible how things change in just a few short weeks! One of the great consolations of the end of Summer is the beginning of Autumn.  The closing in of the day brings with it the comfort of a golden landscape, with bright flashes of red from rose hips, hawthorns and the russet glow of apples on a tree.

Apple tree

There is nothing like an apple for ease of eating.  I keep some in the car for the inevitable traffic jams, we munch away, savouring the sugar hit and the juiciness of a crunchy English apple, and all I have to do is pop the cores into the compost bin when we are at home.

Several kind friends have generously shared their  garden harvests of wonderful Bramley Apples and I pass  vast quantities  of  wild crab apples just waiting to be picked whilst I am walking the dog.

Homegrown apples

Apple harvest

I turned to my favourite cookbooks for inspiration to use this wonderful glut, and have plans for apple cakes and chutneys galore. I am going to try Sarah Raven's Apple Membrillo, just in case I can't get hold of any quinces this year. I hadn't baked apples for many years, but whilst looking through The Garden Cookbook, I was taken with her advice that this "British classic should be eaten at least once during the apple season." Sarah's recipe is perfect.

The apples take no time to prepare and once cooked make the most delicious pudding.  We were eating them for a week day lunch, so I missed out the Calvados, but I think it would be a perfect addition for an evening meal or a special Sunday lunch. We ate them with a drizzle of cream, but a spoonful of homemade vanilla ice-cream would have been a wonderful match too. Sarah is totally correct, these British delights should be eaten regularly.

Baked apples - Sarah Raven's recipe

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