I can’t eat raw apples because of my allergies but I can eat them when they’ve been cooked. I love the flavour of apples so when I volunteered to bring a dessert to a recent dinner party at a friend’s house I decided it was time for some apples. This easy French apple cake is light, moist and absolutely packed with apple flavour. It also keeps well but I would suggest you re-heat it if you’re not eating it fresh out of the oven. Everyone was quite excited by the cake so I didn’t get to take many pictures before it got demolished but I promise it looks more impressive than it is pictured here.
After a bit of a hiatus from new recipe investigations due to busy-ness I am back in the kitchen. I made this as a Sunday dinner and served it with roast potatoes. It was a big hit and I will definitely be making it again.
Glazed pork steaks with apple
6 thin cut pork loin steaks, all fat removed
3 teaspoons of Chinese five spice
1 large red onion cut into thin wedges through the core
3 red apples, cored and cut into eighths
2 tablespoons of chutney (I used half caramelised red onion and half apple)
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
200ml chicken stock
Rub the steaks with the five spice and a little salt. Heat a little olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the steaks for three minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through. Set aside on a plate.
Add a little more oil to the pan and turn the the heat down a little. Add the onion and cook for two minutes. Then add the apple and cook for three more minutes. Add the chutney, then the vinegar and the chicken stock. Bring up to a rapid simmer and reduce for ten minutes.
Remove the apples to a serving platter and return the steaks to the pan. Turn gently in the sauce to glaze. Add the steaks and the sauce to your serving dish. Serve with mashed or roast potatoes.
Serves 4 – 6
Love apple-pie but want to give it a bit of a healthy makeover. Check out this super easy low guilt pud.
Crumble Stuffed Apples
3 large granny smith or other cooking apples
½ cup oats
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup whole wheat flour (or normal but whole wheat is obviously healthier)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of ginger
1 Tablespoon of coconut (optional)
Cut the apples in half and remove the core so that there is a hollow in the middle of each half. Mix together the remaining ingredients to make a crumble. Press the crumble into the hollow and over the surface of each apple half. Place in an oven safe dish and bake at 180C for 30 minutes or until the apples are soft. Serve with ice-cream or custard depending on how healthy you’re feeling. Serves 3 -6 depending on whether you can stop after just one half…