10 reasons to ♥ apples: Part 1
Apples. Aren’t they just the finest of fruits? British, plentiful, cheap, delicious and versatile. Can they really be beaten on all these levels by any other fruit? I think probably not when it comes down to it. Here are my ten reasons why …
No. 1. We all know that apples are packed full of goodness. Come the autumn I like to start my days with a bowl of hot porridge into which I grate an apple, skin and all. It’s the perfect way to add a little sweetness and get one of your 5-a-day. Top with a few blackberries and a drizzle of honey and you have what is possibly the most satisfying breakfast ever, made in under five minutes.
No. 2. Apple in cakes work. Fact. I love an autumnal cake, all honest, golden and beautifully moist. Just google ‘apple cake’ and you’re find a myrid of tempting variations. One of my favourites is the rather decadent Apple and Cardamom Cake, just perfect with a dollop of thick cream.
No. 3. Need a quick lunch? How about a cheese and apple sandwich. Yes, it is simply just that. But take a couple of robust slices of sourdough bread, add some slices of flavoursome cheddar and a sliced crisp apple then toast until the cheese melts and the bread is golden and you have a lunch fit for a king. Serve with a small glass of bitter or stout and it’s taken to an altogether different level.
No. 4. Up there as one of the world’s finest proper puddings has to be Apple Crumble. It never goes out of fashion. People have been making and eating crumbles for generations. But what to have with it? Custard, cream or ice cream? I do like cream, but more often than not I find myself in the custard camp.
No.5. If you’re lucky enough to be given a share of a glut of apples, you can spend some time at the stove making chutney. It’s an incredibly relaxing and homely thing to do come this time of year. Only the other weekend, a friend off loaded a huge bag of cooking apples to me, which I accepted with much pleasure. I now have several jars of autumnal apple chutney stored away in my kitchen cupboard and I am, if honest, feeling rather smug about it.
So there you go; part one of my ten ways with apples. How do you like yours? Please feel free to share, I’d love to hear.
Images, from top via: arosynote.blogspot.com, foodporn.net, tarteletteblog.com, theendlessmeal.com, thefoodfox.com, bbcgoodfood,com
A passionate home cook and eater, Louise Gorrod authors Buttercup Days which chronicles family life, her love for nostalgia, occasion, beautiful things and of course cooking. Louise lives beside the seaside with her husband and two young children in East Sussex from where she juggles her role as one half of Seen PR alongside mummy-stuff, writing and baking cakes. You can follow her on Twitter @ButtercupDays. Read more posts by Louise Gorrod.
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