We are lucky to have a rather lovely, old apple tree in the old house garden which is groaning with apples this Autumn. I expect it is the sole survivor of an apple orchard planted in the 1950’s or so but it is very welcome and we have been harvesting many, many apples this weekend.
We had a cold spell in late Spring here in the UK and I have read that this has affected this year’s harvest. I think the old house garden is so sheltered that our apple tree was covered in blossom and didn’t seem to be affected hence the great apple crop.
So what to do with all these lovely apples?
Last year, we failed at making cider or juice for that matter….I think as the apples are Bramley apples this was doomed from the start! This year, we decided to try Apple sauce.
After climbing a rather large ladder we managed to collect about half of all the apples on the tree into a wheel barrow. We couldn’t reach the apples on the top branches so we have left those. We washed the apples and selected the best to use in our apple sauce.
We chopped and sliced the apples and put them in saucepans.
We added lemon juice, water and caster sugar to each saucepan. I have no quantities for you as we just went with the amounts we thought were right! We brought this to a gentle simmer which we left, stirring occasionally as the apples softened.
Meanwhile, I made an apple and blackberry crumble with some blackberries we picked on our dog walk this morning.
Meanwhile, the sauce was coming along nicely. We added more sugar for taste and also some sweet cinnamon.
After we had left it to cool, we put it into sterilised jars ready for the fridge!
And what to do with all the leftover apples?
OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.