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An Apple a Day

My favourite autumn apple recipes.

Whether baked in a pie, covered in a toffee shell or simply eaten straight from the tree, apples are a fantastically versatile fruit that go wonderfully with the warming flavours of autumn. Below, I’m going to share three of my favourite autumnal recipes, so you can get your apple a day, even if it’s in cake form.

Scandinavian Apple Cake

This recipe is fairly new to me but has  quickly become a firm favourite. It’s also now my family’s culinary version of the “kitchen sink”. We have a bit of a reputation for providing too much food, whether that be for a party, a picnic or just dinner, and it has become habit to state that we have “everything but the Scandinavian apple cake!”. Although frequently there will be one lurking on the desert table, but for that I am glad!

This recipe is originally from the January edition of Good Food magazine, however it doesn’t seem to have made it onto their website, but I did manage to find the recipe here along with some handy hints. There are a few variations of the Scandinavian apple cake and on a recent trip to Amsterdam I had a dutch apple cake that had the familiar warming cinnamon flavour. However this is a spicier, and even apple-ier version. What sets this cake apart for me is the sheer amount of apples that go into it, as many as you can squash into the batter, and the spicy, sugary topping that both tastes and smells like Christmas. Although the recipes suggests not to, I personally like to eat this while it’s still warm which is perfect for a chilly early autumn day.

Warm Spiced Apple Juice

With our annual bonfire night party comes an industrial amount of this delicious drink. As well as tasting great, there is also enjoyment to be had in the making. While adding all sorts of dried spices and fruit to a giant simmering pot, I have to remind myself that I am not a student at Hogwarts and that muttering incantations over the stove is pointless and a little embarrassing.

Serves 8

You will need:

  • 2 litres fresh apple juice
  • 10 cloves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 fresh vanilla pod
  • 2 unwaxed lemons, sliced
  • 2 whole oranges, sliced
  • Demerara sugar (optional)
  • Calvados (optional)

Method:

  • Pour the apple juice into a stainless steel pan along with the cloves, peppercorns, nutmeg, the cinnamon, vanilla, lemon and orange slices.
  • Heat gently and bring almost to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain into a clean pan and lift out the fruit slices and reserve for garnishing.
  • Add Demerara sugar to taste
  • Serve warm, with the orange and lemon slices as a garnish.
  • If you fancy it, add your calvados to taste!

Chorizo and Apple Sausage Rolls

These are another great dish for a party and are so moreish that the most difficult part of making them is trying not to eat them all straight from the oven. You can find the recipe for them here. As they are so addictive, I like to cut them smaller than suggested to ensure there’s enough to go around. I also like to add some regular sausage meat along with the chorizo just to lessen the smokiness, and to help the mixture stay in shape. For a truly autumnal meal, try serving these warm with a side of pumpkin soup whilst wearing your thickest, most cosiest socks.

 

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