Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Apples and Pears

We have been blessed this week with a rather wonderful crate brimming with apples and pears from mum-in-law's garden. Its been a bumper crop for both this year and I've been busy devising more and more schemes to make the most of them, having distributed the bounty as far and wide as possible amongst friends and neighbours. One of the things I love about this time of year and its abundance is the passing on of tips and recipes for storing, freezing, preserving and baking of produce.. I am learning so much. We eat a lot of porridge in the winter, so I have stewed and frozen plenty of fruit to put on top. We only have a small freezer, though .. already made a huge batch of chutney, so looking up new recipes. Please share yours if you know some good ones?

Have found this book from the Soil Association invaluable this year as it has good illustrations of the different varieties of fruit and vegetables and tells which are best for which sorts of thing. Also, as well as full-blown recipes, it has lots of quick and easy ideas for enjoying produce simply (which is ideal when you have a glut and aren't able to spend too many hours in the kitchen!), such as yesterday's upside down cake (recipe to follow)

Pear and Ginger Upside Down Cake

Thickly butter an 8'' sandwich tin and sprinkle liberally with light soft brown sugar.
Lay peeled, cored pear halves attractively on top (I did slices).
Beat 4oz each softened butter, light soft brown sugar, wholemeal SR flour with 2 tspns ground ginger, 1tsp baking powder and 2 eggs.
Spread over the pears.
Bake at 190degreesC(375degreesF/Gas 5) for 20 minutes until just firm.
Turn out.


Cheryl said...

Oooooh gosh, that looks absolutely delicious.

We have so many apples and pears this year.....I have been sharing with friends, family, birds and butterflies :)

Bless the bees.....

Wendy said...

Looks delicious! Harvest time is great!

Orkneyflowers said...

Oh I'm glad I've found your lovely blogs too :)

Reading back with interest. That cake looks very yum!


whisperingearth said...

Ooo delicious! Autumn abundance is the best isn't it. That books looks great too, another one for the Christmas list! xxx

Herbaholic said...

Ohhh tell me that's a pear & ginger upside down cake? Sadly I haven't got any one to give me excess apples and pears, but I'd be tempted to make this with ones from the farm shop :) Think some blackberry & cinnamon muffins are long over due as well! What is it about this time of the year that dictates I have to bake lots of scrummy fruity goodness?

Herby hugs - Debs xxx

Hedgewitch said...

Hi Cheryl,

It was a bit soggy in the middle, actually! But I just cut that bit out and it looked like it was supposed to be a ring shaped cake, lol!

Hello Wendy, its lovely to have all these wonderful gluts of things to try out new recipes on, isn't it?

Hello Fay and welcome! So glad you dropped by :-)

Lucinda, I think you must be another book-lover like me (one day I hope to have a spare room I can turn over into a proper reading room with books up all the walls, a big comfy armchair and an old standard lamp to see by!)

Hello Debs, how nice to see you! Thanks for visiting. Blackberry muffins sounds good .. in fact, muffins sounds good full stop, lol! I really liked the combination of pear and ginger in this cake .. will definitely do it again.