Apple season

It’s that wonderful time of year again – the season of bountiful neighbours! Whilst not all of us have access to apple trees of our own, there are so many kind folks in town who are happy to share the fruits of their own laden boughs.

Next time you see a cardboard box of cooking apples on a garden wall, cheerfully labelled in marker pen, “Please help yourself!”, why not try the following recipe.

Danish Peasant Girl with a Veil

750g cooking apples, peeled and chopped
6 tbsp sugar + 2 tbsp sugar
3 cloves
4 slices of stale white bread
2 tbsp butter or margarine
Chocolate chips

Stew chopped apples with 6 tbsp sugar, the cloves and a little water for 10-15 minutes. When soft, set aside to cool.

Tear up the bread into very small pieces or pulse it briefly in a food processor. Melt the butter/margarine in a frying pan and add the bread pieces to it. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp sugar and fry on a medium heat until the bread pieces are golden brown, crispy and chewy. Layer the cooled stewed apple, bread crumbles and cream into serving dishes, then sprinkle with chocolate chips.