Homemade apple everything: here are some seasonal apple recipes you just have to try
Autumn means just one thing: apples. Most varieties are at their best between now and the end of October and don’t be put off by freckled, thicker or matt-looking skin; 'wild' apples will look different to shop-bought ones, but they're just as tasty.
Cooking apples, or cookers, tend to be bigger than eating apples (eaters) but if you're not sure, one small bite is all it takes to find out – cooking apples will taste very sour and sharp.
Once picked, wild apples are best stored in the fridge rather than the fruit bowl to keep them fresher for longer and when you’re ready to use just give them a good scrub and rinse. Here in Blighty, the varieties you're most likely to pick are Egremont Russet (sweet and nutty), Elstar (juicy and honeyed) and Spartan (more on the tart side).
Eaters are dazzling in desserts when paired with caramel and cinnamon but don’t forget savoury dishes, too: a sharp apple sauce to cut through the richness of pork belly, apple chunks to add texture and flavour to boiled red cabbage and finely sliced caramelised apples and onions to elevate bangers and mash.
Whet your appetite with these applelicious recipes and happy cooking!
We want this for lunch. Please?
Soft layers of buttery brioche and fluffy baked apples laced with calvados (French apple brandy). Bread and butter pudding just got upgraded to business class.
Pop in the kids' lunchbox, grab and go in the morning rush or take on a romantic autumn walk. Yum.
Not that there's anything wrong with apple crumble and custard (we love!) but this might just flip your culinary world around.
If there was ever any doubt that staying in is the new going out, those days are gone.
With a hunk of buttered sourdough bread. Heaven.
What's better than pancakes? Apple stuffed pancakes, that's what.
Picnic season may be over but that doesn't mean we have to live without picnic food now, does it?
Because it's autumn and you need a proper breakfast. Scrap that – because this is so delicious eating seconds might make you late for work.
Spread on toast (lush), drizzle over ice cream (naughty) and bake into banana bread (Paul Hollywood eat your heart out).
Nothing to get in a pickle over; this recipe is remarkably easy.
Autumn's answer to a packet of crisps.
One slice of this gooey, cheesy, savoury apple tart and we promise you'll fall in love.
A one pan wonder (just make sure you use a pan that can go in the oven).