Antony Worrall Thompson gives us his five top tips for cooking with apples!
I’m Antony Worrall Thompson and this February, I’m urging everyone to put Bramley apples on their shopping list.
The Bramley apple is one of my best-loved ingredients and deserves to be part of our recipes, and part of our heritage.
Here are my top five tips for cooking with Bramley apples:
1. Choose an apple with flavour and texture
Bramleys keep their flavour when you cook them (due to their higher acid content and lower sugar levels) and also reduce to a lovely, mushy texture so they are perfect for apple sauce.
2. Be adventurous
Bramley apples are also extremely versatile, so don’t just think desserts – I’ve used them for breakfast in pancakes with pork sausages.
3. Experiment with fillings
Try mixing Bramleys with citrus zests, caster sugar and nutmeg for an apple crumble filling with a difference.
4. Start a new trend
Rather than serve an apple sauce with pork or duck, partner with large, whole Bramleys, stuffed with a mixture of white breadcrumbs, onions, butter, parsley and sage.
5. Jazz up your jellies and chutneys
The tart/sweet flavour of Bramleys makes them perfect for homemade jellies and chutneys. I put a pinch of chilli flakes in my jelly for added ‘oomph’!
Take part in Bramley Apple Week
To mark ‘Bramley Apple Week’ (February 6th to 13th), I’m adding a delicious Bramley Tarte Tatin with Toffee Sauce to my restaurant menu.
Long live the Bramley, I say!
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