This week as we dip into quite an autumnal feel, I thought I’d share some ideas on how to make the best use of apples, even if they are a little past their sell by date or you’ve snaffled some windfalls from someone.
I love that apples can be quite transformed when cooked and used in other dishes. It can bulk out basic sponge recipes, make a flapjack more fruity, add sweetness to a salad, ring the changes with a pork chop or casserole and be put in the freezer for an emergency crumble or apple snow.
Here’s a few ideas:
If you have a lot of apples that are all going a bit manky at the same time, preparing them all to be stewed in the oven then gives you multiple options for saving and using them.
I don’t tend to peel mine, I wash, eighth and core. I place them in an oven dish, sprinkle with sugar and either cinnamon or add whole cloves (like my Nan used to!) add a dash of water and cover will foil. I’ll then bake them in the oven for about 30 minutes until soft but not mushy at about 180C/ 350F/Gas 4.
From here you can then:
- use them as a base for a crumble or pie.
- make a basic Victoria sponge mix, put it in an oven proof dish and push cooked apple pieces into the sponge.
- you can pimp this up more, by placing your apples at the bottom of an oven proof dish, adding custard on top (like you would a trifle) then an uncooked Victoria sponge mix on top of that and bake. You get a complete pudding in one.
- stir chopped, cooked apples into a basic flapjack mix.
- use a flapjack mix as a topping for stewed apples (one of our favourites)
- puree cooked apples and stir into custard or natural yoghurt for an apple snow.
- use cooked apples to fill pancakes with.
- use grated apples to add to pancake batter mix.
- use uncooked apple slices in cheese toasties.
- cubed in salads with walnuts and cheese
- chopped into curries and casseroles
- baked whole in the oven stuffed with raisins, nuts and spices.
- dried / dehydrated apple
- juiced with ginger and lemon
Here’s another way to avoid wasting those apples: Use Up Apple Pud