In the kitchen
Apples are best stored at room temperature. Delivered fresh from the farm, so wash before eating
Raw apple will always add a nice sharp, crisp addition to a salad. Slice them, dice them or cut into neat matchsticks or wedges, the shape is up to you. Try a simple salad of fennel, apple and hazelnuts with a sharp lemony dressing, or some boiled beetroots, apple and diced celery dressed with soured cream and dill. They will be at home in an eclectic slaw and even as part of a celeriac remoulade.
Stewed or baked, an apple will soften and sweeten in a relatively short time. Apple crumble is the obvious example, diced and thrown with a little sugar and warming spice. A baked apple is an often overlooked classic; core your apples and stuff the void with a mix of sultanas, oats, honey and spice. Top with a little butter and a sprinkle of sugar, bake for about 20 mins at 180˚C/Gas 4. A French tarte tatin is the apex of apple puddings, a deceptively simple looking tart requiring meticulous method; the internet is abound with recipes and comment on the subject.
3 . Savoury
Apples are a perfect partner with pork or duck as the sharpness cuts through the fat. Serve them as a stewed apple sauce with a few flecks of thyme or slice thickly and bake them beneath your roasting joint. They complement a strong salty cheddar; on a cheese board, in a toastie or sometimes in a pie, as is the tradition up North. Don’t overlook their value in a simple soup; used sparingly they add something to a celery, beetroot, cauliflower or squash soup, amongst others.
Bircher oats with honeyed apples & roast apple purée
Serves: 2 Total time: 1h
Poached apples in mulled cider
Serves: 4 Total time: 35 min
Carrot, apple and ginger juice
Serves: 1 Total time: 5 min
Sausage, borlotti and apple casserole with spring greens
Serves: 2 Total time: 35 min
Rice pudding with roast apple compote and boozy prunes
Serves: 4 Total time: 2h 45 min
Baked apple pancakes
Serves: 4 Total time: 1h
In the field
Meet the grower: Paul Ward , Cranbrook, Kent
Paul Ward runs Mole End Farm in Kent - he’s committed to proving that the results of organic farming can be just as good (and better!) than conventionally farmed fruit.