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Harvesting Apples For A Crumbly Gift

Apple Harvest, Rocking Dog

Apple Harvest

Rocking Dog has been harvesting apples for a crumbly gift. A tea towel with a printed recipe for apple crumble provided the inspiration for a foodie gift. A rustic ovenproof dish was filled with all the ingredients to concoct the seasonal pud’. I wrapped the dish in the tea towel and tied the bundle with some chequerboard woven ribbon. A large oak spoon completed the gift together with an accompanying hessian sack of rosy apples.

Of course the gift could be tweaked for a reluctant cook. The crumble could be lovingly made, bundled and gifted. An indulgent carton of clotted cream could be handed to the recipient, and would undoubtedly be the cherry on the cake!

The apple harvest offers the opportunity to make a plethora of divine cakes, puddings, salads and preserves this sunny autumn.

Happy gathering!

Tea Towel TK Maxx

Main picture backdrop-“Mark Hearld’s Workbook,” and bird and rabbit cards also by Mark Hearld

Rosy Bowl, Rocking Dog

Rosy Bowl

Recipe Tea Towel, Rocking Dog

Recipe Tea Towel

Gift Wrapped, Rocking Dog

Gift Wrapped

Vintage Apple Mugs, Rocking Dog

Vintage Apple Mugs

Umbrian Harvest, Rocking Dog

Umbrian Harvest

Rocking Dog Cake, Rocking Dog

Rocking Dog Cake

Hambrook Harvest,Rocking Dog

Hambrook Harvest

The Crumble, Rocking Dog

The Crumble

Another Apple Delight, Rocking Dog

Another Apple Delight

The Great Rocking Dog Bake Off!

Last Of The Summer Fruit, Rocking Dog

Last Of The Summer Fruit

My weekend of baking is at an end, and I quite enjoyed myself! I methodically ploughed through my list of makes, leaving the scones and sausage rolls to the very last minute. The party would have warm fluffy scones together with golden un-solidified sausage rolls!

I am still amazed about how terrible some event catering is. How often have you been “welcomed” with cling filmed sandwiches, wrinkled grey cocktail sausages and anaemic looking chicken drumsticks? Knowing of my love for colour, Andyman trailed back from a recent buffet and warned me that the scene was reminiscent of a sepia photograph! Indeed, everything was a strange shade of greige and there was absolutely no attempt at any type of garnishing. Foil trays and cling film completed the unappetising scene! But…..despite all this, there were people exclaiming “nice spread!” AGGGGGGGGHhhhhh! I played safe with a packet of McCoys, (alas, no Kettle Crisps were to be had!)

Some of the worst catering unfortunately can be experienced at funerals. What could be more depressing than awful grey food on such a sad and solemn occasion? Even dead people deserve to be remembered whilst eating something gorgeous!

I once had to feed nearly five hundred funeral guests, and my brilliant team kept on filling freshly baked croissants with yummy things. There were homemade cakes, scones, pastries and lots of tea and chatter. Is it that many establishments or caterers feel it is slightly irreverent to serve showstopper cakes or sandwiches with any fillings apart from cheese, cucumber and ham (crusts reverently trimmed, naturally!) Please Ferguson kids send me off with plenty of bubbly, sourdough doorsteps, charcuterie and ice cream! Remember, I want a Christmas carol too- whatever time of year my demise happens!

I wonder when Britain will finally move on from curled sandwiches, quartered pork pies, damp crisps AND the cling film. Last year whilst on our Umbrian adventure we ventured into the medieval hilltop town of Montefalco. Six of us were needing lunch and we approached a restaurant in the sunny square. No tables were to be had. No worries, the restauranteur offered to magic a table out of nowhere. Indeed, within five minutes we were seated in the most glorious November sunshine enjoying a Prosecco and perusing the menu. Within fifteen minutes, tables next to us were laid up with the most beautiful Italian “buffet”, and ten minutes later an entire wedding party descended on the square. We felt so privileged to be witnesses at the feast. Needless to say there were no wrinkled cocktail sausages, soggy pastry or any form of grey!

Back to my cake table. None of my simple bakes will past muster with Mary and Paul’s technical challenges, life simply is too short! However, I hope the choice, homemadeness and colour pleased the assembled cricket pavilion guests, and helped to make it a truly memorable birthday.

PS. The photo labelled guinea pig cake, has absolutely and utterly no guinea pigs in its makeup. It’s just that I have never made the cake before, thus the guests were my guinea pigs!

Simple Floral Styling, Rocking Dog

Simple Floral Styling

Guinea Pig Cake, Rocking Dog

Guinea Pig Cake

Marvellous Macaroons, Rocking Dog

Marvellous Macaroons

Cake With The Midas Touch!, Rocking Dog

Cake With The Midas Touch!

Boozy Cake!, Rocking Dog

Boozy Cake!

Snow Sprinkled Brownie, Rocking Dog

Snow Sprinkled Brownie

For The Kidlets!, Rocking Dog

For The Kidlets!

Cream Tea, Rocking Dog

Cream Tea

No Sweet Tooth!, Rocking Dog

No Sweet Tooth!

The Ubiquitous Sausage Roll, Rocking Dog

The Ubiquitous Sausage Roll

Umbrian Buffet, Rocking Dog

Umbrian Buffet

Italian Crisps, Rocking Dog

Italian Crisps

Apple Harvest- Let’s Make Cake!

Apples At The Pig, Rocking Dog

Apples At The Pig

Apples are for a picking!

I love the simply made apple cake recipe that follows. It comes from a 1998 copy of Homes & Gardens and is a firm family favourite. It can be scaled up and made into a large tray bake to feed a hungry crowd.

APPLE CAKE

250g Self Raising Flour
50g Ground almonds
100g Caster Sugar
200g Butter
450g Dessert Apples (peeled & cored, half roughly chopped, half sliced)
2 Free Range Eggs
1-2 Tablespoons Milk, Cider or Calvados
40g Light Muscovado Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
50g Slivered Almonds

1. Preheat Oven (180C/170C Fan. Gas Mark 4). Line a Deep 9in/23cm round tin or 8in/ 20cm square tin.
2. Sift flour and stir in almonds and caster sugar. Add 175g of the butter and rub into the dry ingredients. Stir in the roughly chopped apples and the beaten eggs. Do not overmix.
3. Add 1-2 Tbsp milk, cider or Calvados to make a spoonable mixture. Spoon into the prepared tin. Arrange or pile the sliced apples on top and sprinkle with a tablespoon of sugar.
4.Bake for 40-45 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, heat the remaining butter, Muscovado sugar and cinnamon in a small pan until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the slivered almonds.
6. Take the cake from the oven and pour over the butter/almond mix. Return the cake to the oven for another 10-15 minutes ubtil a skewer pushed into the cakes centre comes out clean.
7. Leave the cake to cool for at least 30 minutes before turning it out. Delicious served with Clotted Cream!

The walks with Real Life Rocking Dog are changing. The swallows that have been here all summer seem to have flown to warmer climes, mushrooms are burgeoning in the field and plump sloes are asking to be picked. Big white rabbit and a wild cousin have been busy, and there are a brood of growing youngsters populating the field. It feels like Telletubby Land! I marvel at the fact that despite the lack of camouflage and that there is a huge buzzard nesting in a tree close by, they are surviving… no positively thriving!

The Best Apple Store!, Rocking Dog

The Best Apple Store!

Ethicurean Apples, Rocking Dog

Ethicurean Apples

Harvest, Rocking Dog

Harvest