15 September 2017

What to Cook with Apples? Three Easy Apple Recipes

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We were very kindly offered a bag of apples recently. We don’t have our own tree so apart from those we buy at the supermarket or market we don’t tend to get a glut of apples. However a big bag of apples is too many for the fruit bowl so instead, we decided to make scrumptious new foods using easy apple recipes to eat including Autumn Apple Jam, Apple Muffins and of course it had to be an Apple Crumble.

What to Cook with Apples? Three Easy Apple Recipes






Apples are a fantastic autumnal crop, usually harvested between August and November depending on the variety but some are available through to May. They are grown worldwide, thought to have originated in China but have been grown in the UK since before Roman times.

There are hundreds of different varieties with different colours, shapes, textures and flavour. October is National Apple Month with Apple Day falling on October 21 – a day to celebrate the humble apple.

What to Cook with Apples? Three Easy Apple Recipes


So Are Apples Good For You?


We’ve all heard the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" and apples have a lot going for them…

Apples are naturally fat-free, a low-fat food, saturated-fat free, only contain naturally occurring sugars, with no added sugar, are a high source of fibre, naturally sodium free and salt-free and contain fructose. Apples are high in fibre and vitamin C, and they are also low in calories are packed with vitamins and flavonoids and with smaller amounts of phosphorus, iron, potassium and calcium. 

So not only do apples literally fall to the ground all around us they can also help us to protect cells and helps lower the risk of chronic disease. They are also thought of by some as a natural toothbrush, and they make really yummy foods for the whole family to enjoy.

Our Three Top Easy Apple Recipes


What to Cook with Apples? Three Easy Apple Recipes


Autumn Apple Jam


This is a recipe I didn’t even really know existed. I’ve made plenty of jam before – raspberry, strawberry, plum, blackberry and even rhubarb – and an apple is always my secret ingredient so I looked for apple jam recipes and this is one that I adapted from those I found.


What to Cook with Apples? Three Easy Apple Recipes

Ingredients:


  • 500g peeled, cored, and chopped apples
  • 250ml water
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice

Method:


  1. In a large saucepan, combine all the ingredients.  
  2. Cover, and bring to the boil.
  3. Then simmer for up to one hour or until the jam coats the back of a spoon
  4. Quickly fill sterilised jars to within 1cm of the top.


Apple Muffins 


Now I’ve eaten apple muffins before but never made them. But having made blueberry and chocolate muffins in the past I didn’t think it would be too difficult. And it wasn’t. You can chop or grate the apple but for a smoother texture, we went for grated apple in ours. This recipe made eight large muffins.


What to Cook with Apples? Three Easy Apple Recipes

Ingredients:


  • 200g plain flour
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 90ml skimmed or semi-skimmed milk
  • 80ml vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 5 drops vanilla extract
  • 2 large apples - peeled, cored and grated


Method:


  1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6 and add paper or re-usable silicon cases to a muffin tray.
  2. Measure out the dry ingredients and add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl and stir.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients of milk, oil, egg and vanilla and stir lightly but until all the ingredients are combined
  4. The mixture may look a little lumpy.
  5. Gently fold in the grated apples and carefully spoon mixture into the muffin cases.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. I test mine with a BBQ skewer to see if it comes out clean.


Apple Crumble


Perhaps one of the most traditional of British puddings the apple crumble is a favourite up and down the country. It is so simple and easy to make I remember making them as a child.

What to Cook with Apples? Three Easy Apple Recipes


Ingredients:


  • 6 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g oats
  • 100g butter



Method:


  1. Gently simmer the sliced apple in a pan of water until starting to go soft.
  2. Drain and add the apples to a baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle with a little sugar (two to three tablespoons)
  4. Mix the other ingredients in a bowl and rub the butter into the flour, oats and sugar until it has the appearance of breadcrumbs.
  5. Cover the apples with the crumble mixture and bake in the over for approximately 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Serve with custard, cream or ice cream.


What is your favourite apple recipe?


Deb x

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What to Cook with Apples? Three Easy Apple Recipes



2 comments:

  1. A lovely trio of apple recipes, I especially like the sound of the apple muffins. Commenting as BritMums Baking Round-up Editor. :)

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