It’s that time of year when the apple trees are coming into bloom and to me, there is nothing as pretty as an Apple Tree in full bloom…They are just beautiful.
Did you know that worldwide 7,500 different varieties of apples are grown? My favourite apples are Bramley’s, Cox’s and Braeburn apples which ones are your favourite apples ???
As the saying goes an ” Apple a day keeps the doctor away” and that little round ball of goodness is 2/3 fibre has lots of anti-oxidants especially in the peel so do not peel it…please. They are also fat-free, sodium free and cholesterol free and come in all shades of red, green and yellow so many to choose from…Which apple or apples are your favourite????
Apples have been around since at least 6500 BC and used to be called winter bananas or melt in your mouth… Mmmmm, don’t really get that connection…
Who loved doing apple bobbing at Halloween?? Or that party game where you were blindfolded and had your hands behind your back and had to take a bite of the apple sometimes it was a doughnut…But good fun…
Still mainly picked by hand apple growing is called pomology and the apple is a member of the rose family.
The cook in me can tell you that two pounds of apples will make a 9” pie…that apples ripen 6-10 times faster kept at room temperature than if you refrigerate them.
Apples go well with many dishes and recipes I mean you cannot have roast pork without applesauce or coleslaw without apple my mum used to make wonderful pancakes with slices of apple in the batter and her apple pie was also the best ever… I am still trying to bake a pie as good as my mum’s.
Here are some of my favourite recipes using apples…Starting with coleslaw…
There are so many permutations of this dish and all wonderful in their own way…My version, 5 ingredients plus mayo and you have a beautiful slaw to eat with anything…
I add no sugar as carrots and apples have their own natural sweetness.
Shred half a white cabbage or red or half and half.
Peel and quarter at least one apple and then slice thinly.
Grate or dice a carrot.
Put in Bowl, add some mayo, pinch of salt, freshly ground black pepper and a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve. It will keep in the fridge maybe covered until the next day but I just make it as I want it so easy to make enough for 1 or 10.
Applesauce is one of the easiest sauces to make and can be used in so many different ways.
To make applesauce just peel your apples add a tiny bit of water and depending on which apples you are using you can add a little sugar…I don’t…Sometimes I add some cloves, cinnamon stick it depends…Cook until softened and then you can puree if you like a smooth sauce or just roughly mash it or leave it as it is…
Applesauce pureed is a lovely food for babies when they first start eating solids maybe mix a little with rice or porridge for them.
*You can use 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of one egg in most baking recipes. Some say to mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. If all you have is sweetened applesauce, then simply reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. Applesauce is also a popular healthy replacement for oil in many baked goods.
N.B I haven’t used applesauce as an egg substitute myself…Have you????
I love baked apples which is something my mum used to make filled with sultanas and baked in the oven she also used to cover the apple in suet pasty and make a suet apple pudding… All served with a bowl full of custard…None of which I cook now I must admit but I have happy childhood memories…
What is your favourite childhood memories of eating apples????
My mum’s apple pie recipe…
To serve: Add a squirt of cream or some lovely clotted cream if you can get it, custard or a scoop of lovely Cornish ice cream.
Watching the calories then top the apple with some meringue ..very nice or add a crumble mix my recipe for crumble made separately is very nice and you could add as little as you like just a spoonful layered in a glass gives that little bit of added crunch.
What else are apples used for ?? Apple juice, Apple cider vinegar ( A post on this coming shortly), Cider, Apple vinegar all of which have many health benefits and uses… Just be careful if you buy apple juice that it is not loaded with loads of sugar and other nasties which those sneaky drinks companies put in everything…Don’t get me started…lol and if it’s cider( scrumpy) moderation is the name…
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