Thursday, April 28, 2011
From the Patch - Apples
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:
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!