Delicious stewed apples served warm or cool with so many things, from a dollop of cream, yoghurt, crème fraîche, custard or as a topping to cereals, porridge or pancakes. Apples contain pectin, which when deliciously stewed tends to make an easy to digest compote which many patients find settles a nauseous stomach.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: enough to stock a large Mason jar
6 Bramley or other large seasonal cooking apples
a large dash of water, orange or apple juice
• Simply peel, core and slice the apples into similar sized chunks.
• Place in a large saucepan and add enough water or juice to cover the base of the pan and to give a depth of about 1cm.
• Bring to the boil on a moderate heat, cover with the lid, lower the heat and simmer until cooked and soft throughout.
• Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
• You can either enjoy with some texture within the apple, or puree until smooth.
Delicious served warm or cool with so many things, from a dollop of cream, yoghurt, crème fraîche, custard or as a topping to cereals, porridge or pancakes.
Blackberries are fragile and poaching them gently preserves them and enables them to keep their texture and shape – here, they are gently cooked in syrup infused with rose geranium. Delicious served with Greek yoghurt or vanilla ice cream as a dessert, or a wonderful addition to porridge at breakfast time.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Serves: enough to fill a jam jar
300g golden caster sugar
2 large rose geranium leaves (optional)
• Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and place over a medium heat. Stir occasionally until the syrup boils.
• Remove from the heat and pour over the blackberries and rose geranium leaves.
• Store in an airtight container in the fridge; the berries will keep for 7 days.
If you don’t have rose geranium available, try using other herbs such a bay leaf, lemon balm, lemon verbena or thyme sprigs in the syrup. You could also add spices such as a cinnamon stick or a star anise.
Save any leftover poaching syrup; it can be added to sparkling water to make a refreshing drink.