Enjoy this month’s pick of the crop and celebrate the Great British apple
October is the month when Britain officially celebrates Apple Day – with the 21st set aside for events and festivals being held in various fruit-growing parts of the country. There are over 1,200 native apple varieties with some enchanting names, including heritage examples Acklam Russet, Barnack Beauty, Nutmeg Pippin, Knobby Russet… and many more. Bramley is the best known English cooking apple with a wonderful fluffy texture when cooked. For recipes requiring a firmer texture, like apple tarts, Cox or Granny Smith is a good alternative. Try our wonderful Eve Pudding recipe for a great apple treat.
- 600g cooking apples, peeled cored and roughly chopped
- 75g light muscovado sugar
- Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 100g butter
- 100g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
- 2 large eggs
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 100g self-raising flower
Preheat the oven to 180 c/fan, 160 c/gas 4. Put the apples in a large bowl and toss with the sugar, lemon zest juice and cinnamon. Transfer to a round, two-litre ovenproof dish and set aside until needed. Beat the butter and caster sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Mix in the vanilla, then sift in the flour and gently mix to make a dropping consistency. Spread the mixture over the apples and bake for 40 minutes or until the topping is cooked through and golden. Sprinkle with extra caster sugar and serve with custard. Yummy!