I was lucky enough to have been asked by Killerton House, a national trust property near Exeter, to create some recipes with their Bramley apples. The idea was to come up with some recipes that promote the use of apples in cooking. It got me thinking.. I wanted to create some ideas that were perfectly autumnal as we move into October. I also wanted to show that you can do more than just a pie or a crumble. Now, don’t get me wrong.. I love a good apple pie or a crumble but I wanted to do something a bit different.
My idea was to showcase the Bramleys over the course of a day.. Starting with breakfast. I am a bit of a breakfast fiend.. I never ever miss “the most important meal of the day.”
- 240g oats (2 mugs)
- 450g of almond, oat or coconut milk (1.5 mugs)
- 2 apples grated
- 8 dates
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons of nut butter (almond or peanut)
- Put the oats in a bowl with your milk of choice and allow them to soak for 10 minutes.
- While the oats are soaking preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade or gas mark 7.
- Peel and grate the apples onto plate using the course side of the grater.
- Slice the dates in half and remove any pits. Cut them again into eighths.
- Take the soaked oats and stir in the apple, date pieces, cinnamon, honey and nut butter and pour the mixture into a baking dish or four individual baking dishes.
- Place the dish/dishes in to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed and the top changes colour slightly.
- Serve you porridge as you wish.. Dress it up with any berries, fruit or nuts that you desire and drizzle with a little honey.
For lunch I decided on a simple salad.. Sautéed apples with butter and honey served on a bed of leaves with a salty blue cheese and toasted walnuts. I drizzled honey, olive oil and apple cider vinager over the top alongside some seasoning. Serve with warmed walnut breadto soak up the juices. Totally delicious.
Pudding next.. Good old fashioned baked apples.. Spiced, fruity and warming! Yum!
- 4 Bramley apples
- 125g raisins or sultanas (2/3 mug)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 handfuls of walnuts
- 4 tablespoons of muscovado sugar
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees centigrade or gas mark 7.
- Use an apple corer to remove the core from the apple so there is a whole from top to bottom.
- Mix the raisins or sultanas with the cinnamon, walnuts and sugar.
- Place the apples on a baking tray and stuff the core with the fruit and nut mixture. Sprinkle any remaining fruit and nuts around the apples.
- Drizzle 6 tablespoons of water over the leftover fruit and nuts around the apples.
- Place the apples in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, until they are really soft.
- Put each apple in a bowl and serve with cream or vanilla ice cream.
For afternoon tea I decided on a Devonshire cream the with an appley twist. Instead of clotted cream and jam on your scone how about a dollop of spiced apple purée and clotted cream??? Yes please!
- 10 Bramley apples
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of date syrup (or maple syrup)
- Peel the apples and chop into bite-sized pieces. Remove the core.
- Place the apples in a large pan and cover with about 1 centimetre of water.
- Cook the apples into very soft. About 10-15 minutes.
- At this point drain any remaining water and add the syrup and cinnamon.
- Put in a blender or food processor and whizz up until really smooth and creamy.
- Let the mixture cool completely and then use as your jam! Remember the devon way is cream first!!
This spiced apple purée also works well stirred into thick and creamy Greek yoghurt to make a healthy apple fool. You could also serve it along side your breakfast cereal, as a delicious filling to a Victoria sponge cake… The list is endless. Use your imagination.
If those recipes don’t get your mouth watering then I will want to know why! There are so many options when cooking with apples. You can go either savoury or sweet and I love that. There are so many recipes out there on the internet or in all the wonderful cookbooks available. I think you should embrace your inner chef and give cooking with apples a go.
Killerton House are holding their annual Apple and Cider festival the weekend of the 17th/18th October. It is a family event that promotes and celebrates the work that Killerton do managing their orchards in a traditional method. I will be going along to sample their wares.. I can’t wait!