Thursday, April 28, 2011

From the Patch - Apples

I've had this post sitting in my drafts for so long..........thought i best hurry up & add the recipe & post it whilst we still have a few apples hanging on our tree!
Our apple tree has been very kind to us this year (unlike our apricot & peach trees, Mr Peach gave us one measly peach this year!), we have a grafted tree which has two varieties on it - Jonathons & Granny Smiths. I'm so glad we went for that option when we bought the tree, as the Granny's are perfect for cooking with & the Johnnies are ideal for eating. I just love it when i see the kids outside stop playing & go pick an apple off the tree when they're hungry (luckily the branches are low enough for Scarlett).
I've been creating all kinds of things with the apples - Apple cake, stewed apples, Apple Tarte Tatin, these yummy Apple, Oat & Cinnamon cookies, Apple fritters, i even borrowed mum's food dehydrator & made dried apple rings (phew, i'm beginning to feel like Bubba from Forest Gump reeling off all those apple things!) But Chas' favourite (and mine too) is good old Apple Crumble......mmmmm. Here's our favourite recipe:

Apple Crumble
1 kg apples - peeled, cored & thinly sliced,
2 tbsps caster sugar,
3/4 cup plain flour,
1 tsp ground cinnamon,
100gm cold butter - chopped,
1/2 cup brown sugar,
1/2 cup rolled oats.
Preheat oven to moderately hot (190c). Grease a dish. Mix the apples with the caster sugar & 3 tablespoons of water & add to the dish.  Combine the flour & cinnamon in a different bowl & rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the brown sugar & rolled oats & mix together well. Sprinkle this topping on top of the apples. Bake for 40 mins, or until the apples are tender & the topping is golden.
Delicious served with cream or icecream!


  1. an apple tree is on my list of things to plant. and a raspberry bush. ahhh.

    if you have extra apples lying around - i made apple pancakes the other day and they turned out really well! let me know if you would like the recipe :)

    kel xx

  2. Oh yes a raspberry bush would be lovely & i'd really like a blueberry bush too. Those apple pancakes sound yummy - i'd love the recipe Kel!


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