A couple of days ago, my other half visited his Grandad, fixed his un-broken internet connection and was rewarded with a Morrison’s bag full of apples from his garden. I’m a massive fan of using home grown fruit and veg and when I eventually live somewhere with a garden I’m planning on having all sorts growing, but for now I just have to settle for generous donations from friends, family etc.
So when the apples (and a few tomatoes) arrived I was over the moon. Crumble was the first thing that popped into my mind, as one of my favourite childhood memories is picking blackberries in the woods with my dad, then going home to bake an apple and blackberry crumble with them. However, I’d used all the blackberries I had collected last week making jam. I needed something new!
Fortunately, I have a vast collection of recipe books and decided Mary Berry (AKA my hero!) would probably be the best person to advise me on this. So after flicking through her ‘Ultimate Cake Book’ I found the recipe for Devonshire Apple Cake. Almond flavoured cake with a layer of apples in the middle – it sounded perfect. And it is!
I’ve baked it this afternoon and my good eating regime has gone well and truly out of the window. But trust me, its worth it. And I’m going to have more with custard after my evening meal tonight 🙂
The recipe can be found on http://www.maryberry.co.uk
If anyone has any other, more unusual, uses for apples I would love to hear about them as I have a feeling there’s plenty more where these came from!