Food of the Month: Apples

Tuesday 2 December 2014 by

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Sometimes it is best to keep things simple. The festive season means that December is often a busy month, and food can be a secondary thought in the run up to the epic thing that is Christmas dinner. Which is why it’s so perfect that apples are in season! These are easy to get hold of, even easier to cook, and have a variety of uses, so grab a whole basket full and get going, and stop worrying about what to eat!

There are all sorts of savoury recipes to get you started; apple is particularly good with pork, so try this pork and apple burger, or pork, bacon and apple pie if you have some time, or a speedy sage rubbed pork chop with warm apple slaw. As for the sweeter options, try a plain old apple cake, or show off with apple scones and homemade blackberry compote… As for me? You can’t beat a good old apple pie – brimming with hot, cinnamon-flavoured apple, a crisp pastry and a big dollop of vanilla ice cream. If you’re being lazy, buy some ready-made shortcrust pastry (you can buy gluten free too) but there is a quick and easy recipe here.

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Super-lazy gluten free apple and cinnamon pie – serves 8

You will need:

  • Pie tin
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Apple corer (if you have one)
  • Large bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1kg Bramley or cooking apples
  • 140g caster sugar plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp gluten free flour
  • Gluten free ready-to-roll shortcrust pastry
  • 1 egg white

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How to do it:

Pre-heat the oven to 170°C fan. If you‘re using pre-made, frozen pastry, make sure it’s fully defrosted before using, but still chilled (I always pop it in the fridge to defrost).

Peel and core your apples andslice thinly, then lie between a couple of paper towels to pick up the excess moisture.

In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon and flour.

Beat the egg white gently. Roll out two thirds of the pastry and use it to line the pastry tin – keeping a small overhang around the edge. Take the remaining third, and roll in to a circle big enough to completely cover the top of the pie with a bit extra around the edges.

Pat the apples dry with kitchen paper and then stir in to the cinnamon/sugar/flour mix until well coated, then immediately pile in to the pastry-lined tin. Brush a little water around the rim of the pastry, then lay the pastry lid over the top of the apples and press the edges together to seal.

Trim the edges with a knife to even-up, and then make four to five little slashes in the top of the pie to allow steam to escape. Brush with the egg white and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.

Bake for around 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown, and then remove and leave to sit for a while. Sprinkle with a tiny bit more sugar, then serve in big, generous slices.

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Serve it up WARM with a generous dose of vanilla ice cream (or whipped cream, double cream or custard!) The beauty of this recipe is that you can add extra ingredients at any point; throw in some blackberries, sultanas or even drizzle a bit of toffee sauce to make it super sweet. Sometimes it might fall apart (like mine), so it isn’t necessarily the prettiest of puds, but it certainly is a solid favourite.

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Do you love apples? What’s your favourite way to serve them?

Check out more apple inspiration on the Pinterest board!

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