Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Ripe for Picking

As we are well into September; it is only fitting that we use two of the month’s best produce: apples and blackberries! If you venture out you may spot some wild blackberries ripe for picking – or alternatively go to a local farm and pick your own! Some homemade blackberry ice-cream allows us to cling on the to the end of summer and the hot spiced apples in pastry give us the warming comfort that we need to adjust to the months ahead…

Makes 4 
For ice-cream
2 eggs
30g caster sugar
300ml double cream
300g blackberries

For apples in pastry
4 cooking apples
2 tsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp dark brown soft sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp flaked almonds
1 lime
300g puff pastry
1 egg
1 tbsp caster sugar

For the ice-cream  *Warning: you will need to make this 24 hours in advance at least!*
-       Whisk together the eggs and sugar in one bowl and in another whisk the double cream until stiff peaks form
-       Pop the blackberries into a food processor until all the fruit is pureed
-       Combine the whisked eggs and sugar and cream in one bowl
-       Pour the puree into a fine mesh strainer and allow the juice to drain into the combined ice-cream mixture and push any remaining liquid through with a spoon
-       Mix together and put into a polythene container and freeze for 24 hours

For the apples in pastry
-       Peel apples and remove the core; rub the peeled apples in 1 tbsp of the dark soft sugar
-       Cream together the butter, the rest of the dark soft sugar, cinnamon, almonds and lime juice and put in each of the apple cores; then place them in the fridge to chill for an hour
-       Heat oven to 190 C
-       Roll out the pastry and cut into four squares and wrap around the apples separately
-       Mix the egg and caster sugar together and coat each apple in pastry with the glaze
-       Place in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes
-       Serve with a scoop of blackberry ice-cream and fresh blackberries – note: must be served hot!
-       Let the spice and warmth on your taste buds savour the sweet taste of early Autumn...

By Melodie Walter

4 love letters:

NatalieCathie said...

This looks amazing!

daniella-r said...

Loved this recipe, definitely going to try it out :)
Daniella x


Cellardoor Magazine said...

Daniella we'd love to see your results!

Sculptures for sale said...

Thanks for the recipe!! It will be a pleasure to try out this recipe!

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