Apples – again, again!

Okay, okay…just one more post about the apples from our garden, then I promise to stop! ;D

DD9’s class were here yesterday to pick apples and, when they left, I picked up the best and biggest ones that were left lying on the lawn.  I read a great tip recently on freezing apples for use in a crumble or pie.  Just chop them up roughly (I left them fairly big because our cooking apples go ‘mushy’ very fast when baked).

Then I filled a freezer bag with enough apple chunks to make one crumble, using my tart dish as a size guide.  I flattened out the bags a) to make them easy to stack in the freezer and b) so that later I can simply dump the contents into the flan dish and bake from frozen 🙂

Ta da!  Wasn’t that simple?

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday! 🙂

Super Fling Boogie…in the garden

The Flylady’s “Super Fling Boogie” (a month long party to get rid of as much clutter from your home as you possibly can) continues and I wanted to make serious in-roads to some of the ‘clutter’ in our garden…  Apples!

As much as I love our two ancient apple trees, we always have a bountiful crop and there’s no way that we can use them all.  I freeze them, use them for cakes and desserts, grate them into bread dough and sauces.  And we’re always giving them away to friends and family.  But most of them usually end up here…in the garden refuse container.  And every fortnight we have three bins full! 🙁

This year I’m putting the windfall apples around our bushes and trees as a kind of compost.  It’ll give them lots of nourishment during the winter and – cross your fingers – maybe keep the weeds/grass at bay?

I also invited DD9’s class to come “på æblerov” (‘pinch’ or ‘steal’ our apples).  They were here this morning and we had great fun.  I shook the trees – while they stood well back to avoid being hit! – and it literally rained with apples.  They also climbed up the trees and used brooms, rakes flag poles to get them all down…

They filled up their wagon and hauled it back to school.  Where they were going to draw some of the apples as part of their Art Lesson. The rest of the crop will go to the After School Club for baking! 🙂

They’re going to weigh them back at school.

Don’t forget to post your own pounds on the Super Fling Boogie Meter! ;D

Hooray!  I get rid of my ‘clutter’ and everybody wins!  And we still have a few left on the trees.  For us.  For the birds.  And for our squirrels…

I’m off to make crockpot apple sauce.  Have a marvelous Monday! 🙂

Eve’s Pudding

Mum and I often made Eve’s Pudding (from the Be-Ro cookbook) when I was a child. (You can read about it and my other favourite cookbooks right here.) Anyway, Eve’s Pudding is a great British winter pudding – nice and warming after you’ve been out shovelling (yet more) Danish snow! ;D

View from my front step at 5pm tonight. 

You could halve this recipe, if you like – the original recipe calls for only half – but I feel you need this quantity. And the leftovers taste great!

You’ll need:

  • about 6 apples
  • 100 g (or 4 oz) margarine or soft butter
  • 100 g (or 4 oz) sugar
  • 100 g (or 4 oz) flour
  • 2 eggs

Peel the apples. I used six cooking apples (from the trees in our garden).

Slice the apples – not too fine, otherwise they disintegrate after cooking – we don’t want mush… Put in a baking dish and sprinkle (liberally) with sugar.

Cream the butter and sugar.

Add one egg at a time, plus a little flour, and beat well.

Fold the remaining flour in gently.

Spread over the sliced apples.

Ready for the oven and time for spoon licking! 🙂

Pop into the warm oven 350f or 180c for about 30 minutes.

It’s ready when slightly puffed and golden brown.

Best enjoyed with icecream or – my personal favourite – a big dollop of whipped cream…mmmm!

Bon appétit and a very Happy Thanksgiving Thursday to my American chums! 😀