Monday 21 November 2011

The Most Intense Apple Flavour Ever !

In the UK we have had a bumper crop of apples this year. All starting with dry spring so there was perfect blossom, a wet and sunny, wet and sunny summer, allowing for lots and lots of apples. Now at the end of the year we are having a rather warm November which has allowed for collecting the last few wind falls. Mr PB has managed to find an amazing cooker from the last tree standing in an old walled garden (now sadly a swimming pool ). So Saturday afternoon was for a batch of apple cooking.
First up a huge batch of stewed apples for the freezer.

Secondly was sour dough muffins with apples rains and Cinnamon.

Finally for the most intense apple flavour you will ever taste should you make it up, Apple Butter! Apple butter is like a condensed jam or preserve. It is easy to make :
3il of apples washed. Chop with skins and cores ect., put in pan cover with water and boil/ simmer until is mash able. Put all the mixture through a sieve, then weigh and for every IL you have of apples add 350g of soft brown sugar. The into a pan and simmer for along time until it becomes a thick creamy consistory. Put into jars. The scrape all the left over bits and eat with white toast!!

We often use blogs to share our enthusiasm and joys of life's adventures. Sadly it doesn't always go to plan, I blogged about my wonderful rosehip syrup that was at the time wonderful  (on my other blog, please do visit)

Unfortunately it has all gone a bit fizzy and didn't preserve properly, although we did get to use some I did have to through some away too.  Better luck next year, so very disappointing.


  1. It all sounds utterly delicious, my tummy is rumbling just thinking about it!! I love the sound of the apple butter I will have to ask my folks for some of their plentiful apple harvest this year to make some up. I'm sure they will be glad to get rid of them as have far to many.

    Oh what a shame about the rosehip syrup, at least you got a bit of it! I had a similar thing happen when I made beetroot chutney last year, it was very fizzy and quite fuzzy too! :)

  2. Your apple butter sounds DELIGHTFUL!! I hope you enjoy it all winter long. I am sorry to hear about the rosehip syrup - it sounds very intriguing to me.

  3. Oh yummy! We don't really do apple butter in Germany, but I had some while I was in the US and it tasted great! What kind of measurement is IL though? Pound? Kilo? Liter? And the sourdough muffins sound delish, I'd love a recipe!

  4. Thanks for the comment on my blog - I'm afraid that my MIL is in the final few weeks of her life, and I'm trying to help in any little way I can. I was clearing out one of her closets and found a "Learn to Crochet" book, along with several skeins of cotton and lots of hooks, so I may give it a whirl during the quiet times while I'm here.

  5. Apples...Oh how good this all sounds.. The apple cinnamon muffins on the counter..really makes me want them.. Yummy!!!
    This winter will bring some yummy food to your table.
    So sorry about your syrup.. Know that is dissappointing..

  6. Apple butter sounds delicious! I have to try that ... currently, I am totally hooked on peanut butter and I am looking for a homemade recipe for this ... maybe you can help me.