Over the years we have made many fantastic dishes from the fruit we harvest. Here is a list of some of our favourites – we’ll try to provide a link to each one when we next make them:
Brittonie’s Apple Samosas
Fergus’s photo account of how he makes plum jam.
Paola’s Apple Strudel
Apple leather is a bit like an old-fashioned wham bar. It’s a great way to get rid of all those cosmetically challenged apples you have at the end of the harvest season. The bars are surprisingly popular with children.
Alice’s Apple Sorbet
This was made for the Winter Feast at Old St Paul’s on the 1st of December 2011, and it was delicious!
24 smallish apples
juice of 5 lemons
500ml apple juice
cinnamon, other spices/flavourings to taste (you can add almond essence)
Peel and core apples and stew with other ingredients for about 20 minutes until forming a sauce. Mix with a blender until super-smooth. Place in an ice cream churner, pack with ice and churn for about an hour till sorbet is formed. Store in freezer until needed.
(The Winter Feast sorbet was made using an old-fashioned churner as shown here. You could use a modern ice cream maker and do it with less time and effort.)
In 2010 our apple cider was made following a day of juicing organised by Jona and others. The brew was watched over by Pessi, and left outdoors through the winter to ensure for a slow fermentation. The month of snow we had in January certainly kept it cool, and we had fantastic results. The mix our apples we had – a large proportion were ‘dual-purpose’ apples from the Royal Edinburgh hospital orchard – ensured that our cider had a complex je-ne-sais-quoi flavour. It’s really good stuff compared to most homebrewed ciders, and better than what passes for cider in most shops. There is still some in the Abundance cellar, which we are keeping for a comparative tasting when the 2011 cider is ready in 2012.
OK, so our pear cider wasn’t so successful in 2009. We did however find a wonderful source of Doyenne du Comice pears in South Edinburgh, so this is something we hope to improve on in future…