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Autumn Apple Feast

October 20, 2008

In order to celebrate Apple Day, I wanted to cook an apple-themed ‘feast’ for our little family. I don’t have much time to devote to cooking during the week so I decided to hold it a little early. This is what I cooked on Saturday:

Chicken in Cider with Apples


4 chicken thighs

1 medium onion, finely sliced

1 clove of garlic, crushed

2 russet apples, cored and cut into chunks

200ml cider (I used Westons Organic)

a few sprigs of thyme

flour for dusting

olive oil and a little butter for frying.

In a frying pan, fry the onions in a little olive oil until soft and golden. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Transfer to a flameproof casserole dish. Next coat the chicken thighs in flour and fry in a little butter and oil to seal both sides. Add the chicken to the casserole then add the apples and pour over the cider. Bring to the boil then simmer, covered, for 45 minutes.

I served this with some potato and celeriac mash.

Apple Tart

Much quicker than making a full-blown apple pie, and just as tasty. The recipe can be found here.

and on Sunday we ate:

Sausages Braised in Cider

Absolutely delicious. I used some of my butcher’s “prize winning” Pork, Apple and Cider Sausages and they were wonderful. I strongly recommend you give this recipe a try. It turns bangers and mash into something very special!

Pears poached in Spiced Cider


4 firm pears

500ml bottle of cider (I used Dunkertons Organic)

40g vanilla sugar or caster sugar

1 large cinnamon stick (or 2 small)

6 cloves

Peel the pears but leave the stem on. Place in a saucepan with the cider, sugar and spices. Bring to the boil then transfer to a casserole dish and bake in a low oven for 1 hour. Turn the pears over and bake for a further hour. Can be eaten warm or chilled. 

We ate very well this weekend! Hopefully, one or two of you might be inspired to cook similar apple-themed meals to celebrate Apple Day – if you do, I’d love to hear about it!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Artemisia permalink
    October 22, 2008 5:38 pm

    Mmm. Sounds delicious. It’s great that you cook seasonally. Its something I’m trying to do more. Finding lots of inspirations on your blog!

  2. October 22, 2008 5:48 pm

    Thanks very much.

  3. February 22, 2009 2:30 pm

    We have an orchard with apple and pear trees so your recipes will come in handy.
    Sara from farmingfriends

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