Every year at the end of summer and through autumn we are busy picking apples from our two mature apple trees in the back garden and every year we end up with more apples than we can handle even after distributing them to friends and neighbours. They make for delicious crumbles, apple pies and this amazing vanilla applesauce that I like to serve with pork, eat by itself as a dessert or to top up my chia seed breakfast bowl. Applesauce in cute glass jars, dressed with colourful ribbons is also a lovely homemade gift!
One of the first things I saw before we bought our house were the two mature apple trees in the garden as the previous owner never bothered to build a fence around his garden which made me immediately fall in love with this place, even before we knocked on the front door. What I didn’t know was how many apples these two apple trees produce – no matter how many apple pies, crumbles, and applesauces I make it is impossible to use up all of the apples that grow. Believe me, it is not by lack of imagination as every time I tell someone about this ‘issue’ they enthusiastically come up with all the apple recipes they can think of which always reminds me of the scene in Forest Gump where Bubba Gump goes on for days about what you can make with shrimps. If you can’t remember or have not watched the movie watch this part of the film here.
Mature apple trees produce up to 200 kg of apples in one season which means that with two mature apple trees I am often faced with hundreds of kilos of this delicious fruit. Even by eating one apple pie a day (I use about 1 kg per pie – recipe coming soon!) I would still not have used up all of the apples which is difficult for me to wrap my head around, not to mention the weight my family and I would gain doing this, well I guess the saying goes ‘one apple a day keeps the doctor away’ not one apple pie a day 😉
In case you are busy reciting all of the apple recipes you know in your head, here a short list of recipes in Bubba Gump style:
Apple sorbet, apple martini, cider, apple ice cream, apple juice, dried apples, baked apples, different versions of apple cake, apple pie, apple chutney, chocolate covered apples, candied apples, apple granita, apple butter, wine poached apples, apple crepe, apple pancake, apple fritters, bircher muesli, apple slaw, apple tart, apple chips, roast pork with apples, apple soup, apple crumble, toffee apples, apple chutney, apple gelee, apple cookies, apple muffins, apple waffles – of course the list could go on for much longer …
Another tip that I often receive is to freeze them which I do but unfortunately, my freezer won’t hold up to 400kg of chopped up apples. This is why most people that come to our house at the end of summer and during autumn are given bags of apples, I also tend to leave a basket in front of our house for people to help themselves and when I have time I drive them to food banks. The easiest and least time-consuming recipe for apples if you ever find yourself in the same situation (where you lose all contact with the outside world as you are busy dealing with your apples) is this applesauce recipe. As mentioned it makes for lovely homemade gifts as well and freezes nicely too.
Ingredients: About 1,5 kg baking apples (7-8 apples) best fresh from your or your neighbours garden, 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2-3 tbsp sugar, 4 tbsp water.
Remove the outer skins and apple core and chop into small cubes.
Place the apple cubes together with 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 4 tbsp of water and 2-3 tbsp of sugar into a pot.
Cook the apples on low to medium heat until they soften (15-20 min depending on the apples and the size of your cubes), stirring occasionally.
You can mash the apples with a potato masher or even blend it depending on whether you prefer applesauce with a few apple bits or a smooth consistency. At the end add 1 tbsp of vanilla paste and fill the applesauce into glass jars.