In this week’s shoots I have used my new daylight panel; with all my overtime I have managed to buy one. With autumn really settled in up in the north and my apple tree in the garden bulging at the seams, this week’s blog post is all about apples, especially Keswick Codlin (my own apple tree).
As a child I was given an apple tree by my gran for Christmas. This tree has grown over the years and produces so many apples we can’t really keep up with its production of apples; we live off stewed apple and crumble during this time of year. But I have come up with another recipe to use our apple supplies.
My first recipe this week is a savoury option, and highly recommended by my dad; he says the apple adds a contrast to the strong chorizo taste.
Apple and Chorizo Sausage Rolls:
Serves: 12 Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 35 minutes
- small knob of butter
- 2 apples
- 6 chorizo-style cooking sausages
- 375g pack of puff pastry (because who has the time to make their own)
- 3 tbsp stewed apples
- 1 egg beaten
- 3 tbsp onion seeds (or poppy seeds)
- Finely dice the apple. Place a knob of butter in a small pan with the diced apple and cook for 5 minutes until the apple has softened slightly.
- Heat oven to 200c/180c fan/ gas 6
- Roll out the pastry to a rectangle, roughly 32 x 20cm. Cut in half, so that you now have 2 long thin rectangles.
- Spoon the stewed apple down the centre of each piece of pastry. Make sure the stewed apple is not too watery or you will end up with soggy pastry.
- Place the chorizo sausages on top of the stewed apple.
- Then place the diced apple on top of the sausages.
- Brush the edges of the pastry with a little beaten egg, then bring the pastry together on one side to enclose the filling, and seal by pressing the pastry with a fork.
- Cut the sausage rolls into smaller pieces, and arrange on two baking trays.
- Brush with egg, then sprinkle with onion or poppy seeds. Cut small slashes into each roll.
- Bake for 25-30 mins. Delicious served warm, or cold in a picnic.
This week I decided to step back to when I filmed my nan making homemade crumble.
Serves: 4 Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 25 minutes
- 120g plain flour
- 60g caster sugar
- 60g unsalted butter
- 300g apple
- 30g unsalted butter
- 1tsp of honey
- Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Tip the flour and sugar into a large bowl. Add the butter, then rub into the flour using your fingertips to make a light breadcrumb texture. Do not overwork it or the crumble will become heavy.
- Meanwhile, peel, core and cut the apples. Put the butter and honey in a medium saucepan and melt together over a medium heat.
- Cook the apples for 10 mins.
- To serve, spoon the warm fruit into an ovenproof dish, top with the crumble mix, then reheat in the oven for 5-10 mins. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
I hope you enjoy the recipes!