Delicious Stewed Apples.
This recipe for Stewed Apples is comfort food in a big old saucepan. I make a vat of it and freeze it in batches to use for crumbles, pies, pancakes and pastries. It is just delicious and oh so versatile. Perfect for the Autumn weather that is just beginning to come to mind and my Apple Tree that is full of beautiful apples. My much preferred apple for all baked apple dishes is the Bramley. It breaks down very easily when cooked and retains a slight sharpness even when cooked with sugar. It is this fabulous juxtaposition that really rocks my boat. I LOVE to bake with them. See my Apple Crumble Cake and Spiced Apple Muffins and more below. With portions of this in my freezer I am never far away from a cuddle. For me cinnamon is always a must add as is a large puddle of cream or vanilla custard. Powerful comfort food at it’s best.
But first………some bitching……
What a time I have had with THE middle-aged lady rage. It has taken me places last week that I didn’t know I could go. It all began with a fraught Saturday evening when I realised that I had most foolishly put my mobile phone on a 40 C two hour washing cycle……….to be perfectly honest I am surprised it hadn’t happened before. I am almost always on a precipice of permanent befuddlement.
There ensued a restless night as I tossed and turned at the thought of all the faffing about I would have to do with the badly behaved damn kids in tow and devastation at the loss of cherished photos of said damn kids. What a big fat pain in the a.s………but with a best foot forward attitude I managed to visit my local O2 shop and order a phone for the next day…no problemo. Phew I thought…….what an anxious nelly I have become. I must learn to stay in the moment more…..and then…..I returned the next day with said nightmare, whinging, spoilt children and was advised that the phones had not been delivered……..and there she was……magnificent and menopausal……..Rage Woman ( Mad Bitch Mahooley) …….as her downy beard fluttered in the air conditioning her wrath knew no bounds. I felt her reach forward and take full control of my social restraint as she began to tear a strip off the cheery saleswoman ( let’s call her Babs ). To Bab’s credit I don’t think she gave a s.it but I was aware throughout that I was behaving like a spoilt brat and absolutely unable to do a single thing about it…….. As I reached the end of my diatribe I realised that I was either going to burst into hysterical tears in front of Bab’s and her youthful peers and/or start throwing my arms around and stamping my feet… ………with super human reasoning force that I did not know I possessed I reached back and elbowed Rage Woman in her flabby guts. She relinquished her hold briefly and I seized the moment to spit out that I wished to cancel my new phone before rapidly leaving the building in a cloud of rancid hormones……….Poor Babs little does she know she has all this to come……
I obviously can never enter that shop again and whats more Rage Woman then sent me on 48 hours of phone hell. Attempting to order a phone on line with that b.tch beside me was worse than I ever could have imagined. It turns out that I needed to change my name on the account to that of my married name which I simply couldn’t be ar.ed to do before. As she threatened to cancel my contract at every juncture some advisors just binned me, some I couldn’t understand and some told me whatever I wanted to hear before passing me on to someone who completely disagreed with what had been previously advised. I kid you not it must have taken twelve attempts over two days. I was completely broken and pathetically grateful by the end of it all and so was Rage Woman. She just sat there binge eating and snivelling. Serves the poor b.tch right.
Now I have managed to see off Rage Woman I see this Stewed Apple Recipe as my salvation. I use the Apples from my own tree every year and pick them with my children as a bit of a tradition. They love it and so do I……..All is calm….exhale……..
Stewed Apple Recipe
This recipe is full of buttery and warmly spiced apple goodness. The most wonderful Apple Pie filling. It is both quick and simple to prepare. Perfect for many occasions it lends it’s hand to breakfast pancakes, pastries, pies, muffins and my favourite, crumbles. An Apple Crumble is a guaranteed hug in a bowl. This recipe is always more than welcome at my family table.
Stewed apples with cinnamon are one of my most favourite combos ever however you can ommit it to suit as you can with the butter. I do advise that you stick with the Bramley apples though in my opinion they are the best for sweet baking.
The amount of sugar too can be varied depending on how sweet your apples are. For 2 kg of apples the amount of sugar can vary between 200 grams and 500 grams. I start off with 200 grams and then add more by 100 grams increments.
This recipe for stewed apples is full of buttery and warmly spiced apple goodness. It is both quick and simple to prepare. Perfect for many occasions it lends it's hand to breakfast pancakes, pastries, pies and my favourite, crumbles.
- 2 kgs bramley apples
- 100 grams butter
- 200 mls water
- 350 grams caster sugar
- 2 tsps ground cinnamon
- 1 medium lemon
Peel and core the apples. Chop into about 2 cm chunks and place in very large saucepan with the lemon juice. Stir through.
Add the sugar, water cinnamon and place over a medium heat. simmer gently whilst stirring every minute or so. Make sure that it isn't catching on the bottom. you want a soft simmer.
When the apples have cooked down enough, remove from heat. I like to have about half puree and half soft chunks. cooking time does depend on the pan you are using too so some pans may cook the apples through enough by ten mins.
Add the butter and stir through.
Apply to Poor Bab's Face by Way of Compensation
Start off with 200 grams of sugar if you like your stewed apples a little tart and then add more as you go. I have a sweet tooth so tend to start at 300 gms.
Freeze the stewed apples for up to 9 months.
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