When you have an apple tree in the garden there comes a point in the year when you have to deal with it! Some years there is only a limited amount of fruit but other years there is a massive crop!
This year we have an enormous amount to harvest and have given away bags and bags of apples to anyone who will take them! Of course, living in the country lots of other people have apple trees so they don’t want them - but we have managed to off load a fair few onto neighbours, friends and family.
Next we will be fobbing them off onto our BnB guests!
Blackberries glistening in the autumn sunshine
We designated one Saturday in early October to pick, core, peel, chop, slice, stew, bake, cook and freeze as many as we could! The day before this particular Saturday we headed out with bowls in hand to pick the last of the local blackberries. There is something very special about foraging for free food.
First off six apple and blackberry pies and one apple and blackberry crumble were assembled and baked ready for the freezer
Chutney -ready for Christmas!
The six jars of Christmas chutney we made looked lovely with their little gingham hats. Hopefully they will taste lovely too in a month or two.
Half way through our day the apple, cheese and walnut loaf came out of the AGA and whilst it was destined for the freezer it needed testing first - well it was lunch time after all. We decided to slice it up and freeze the slices individually for packed lunches when working or walking over the next few weeks.
Must bake another one soon!
The deep almond and apple pie with flaked almond topping was definitely rustic looking, but I have made it before, so I know that although it isn’t the prettiest pudding, it tastes good! And finally, we made lots of lovely apple sauce - a perennial favourite in our house, eaten with chicken, duck and pork with our Sunday roasts.
Cooking apples galore!
After a cup of tea and a clean sweep of all the work surfaces, the washing up done and put away, we only had two more things to do - peel, core and slice a load of apples and pop them them into bags and into the freezer for using in the winter months for crumbles and pies and sauce. And finally, stick a load of apples through the juicer for some wonderfully refreshing apple juice to drink.