Apple time

Although I was given some windfalls a couple of weeks ago, yesterday saw the arrival of the first of the big apple harvest: lovely eaters given to me by Katy the Night Owl. We eat apple all the way through the year because I bottle it, but there are some recipes that demand fresh fruit, so I can only cook these for a limited time. I absolutely will not buy apples out of season, although some varieties last a good long time if undamaged.

Anyway, I have started our apple festival with an apple plait. This fabulous cinnamon and apple bread is delicious fresh, and once it’s a couple of days old makes the most wonderful French toast. Just the smell of it baking is enough to make me start salivating.

Basically it’s an enriched dough (i.e. it contains egg and milk and butter and take a long time to rise), filled with apple, brown sugar, a little butter and cinnamon. I always make it as a plait, but you could easily adapt it to any shape – swirls, buns, a rolled loaf, whatever you fancy.

The second recipe on my list of things to make when we have fresh apples is Dutch apple pie. This is really nothing like the apple pie I grew up with, and I only discovered it a couple of years ago (recipe here), but it has become a firm favourite in our house… especially since it requires no pastry-rolling and is like a cross between a pie and a crumble. In fact, now I’ve mentioned it, I want to make one for dinner tonight… excuse me, I could be some time…

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  1. That bread looks incredible! Yummmm!

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  2. Yum – I am salivating at just the thought of it!

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  3. Laurie Graves

     /  September 9, 2017

    Apples, apples, apples! That bread looks fantastic. In Maine, we are lucky to be able to get apples from local orchards well into March. They have a storage system that keeps certain varieties crisp and hard.

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  4. My mouth is watering at the discriptions of all that apple deliciouness.

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  5. I’m with you, I love apple season! ❤

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  6. In Holland on New Year’s Eve, a traditional celebration snack is appelflappen, or apple fritters. They are delicious hot or cold (leftovers become part of breakfast next day), and the recipe is very easy: 175g SR flour, 175ml milk, 1 egg, 50g caster sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 5 peeled and cored tart apples, cut into 4 horizontal slices to make rings. Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the apple slices, leave for half an hour. Make a batter with the remaining ingredients, dip the apple slices in the batter and fry in a light vegetable oil at 180°C till golden. Smakelijk eten!

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  7. I can smell it!

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  8. The pie and the fritters sound wonderful. When I get some apples I will give both a go.

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  9. What delightful ways to use up the apples – that Plait looks absolutely delicious and, after following your link to the Dutch Apple Pie, I’m almost dribbling, seeing such luscious-looking goodies – I’m going to have to avoid looking at recipes from now on, I think! 🙂

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  10. That looks scrumptious!!! I can hardly wait for apples to come in here. Another month maybe. Our seasons are lagging behind a little.

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  11. You are making my mouth water reading your post 😊.

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  12. Okay, as soon as it’s cool enough to bake again, I am making that bread!

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