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Bramley Apple Pie Week: 8-14 October 2012
Grown only in Britain, the Bramley apple has long been recognised as the best apple for cooking, as it combines a moist, light texture with an outstanding tangy flavour after cooking thanks to the low sugar to acid ratio compared with other apples.
During Bramley Apple Pie Week, why not capitalise on the current passion for all things British and add a champion British dish to your menu? To help, the Bramley apple campaign has teamed up with Andrew Barkham, head chef at Rhodes 24, London to create the two special Bramley apple pie recipes shown below.
“Bramleys are an ingredient I never tire of using. They combine flavour, heritage and versatility and continue to delight customers again and again,” said Barkahm. “Bramley Apple Pie Week is an opportunity to highlight this classic British dish and to encourage customers to enjoy an all-time favourite, or even challenge them to see a traditional choice in a new light.”
Andrew’s tips on cooking with Bramleys include:
- Play around with flavour combinations, Bramley apples work well in both sweet and savoury dishes so be adventurous with your recipes.
- The texture contrast in Bramley apple desserts are the winning element, that’s why the apple pie is a firm favourite as the crisp pastry, soft tender apple filling and smooth ice cream complement each other perfectly. For a different texture combo try roasted macadamia and white chocolate apple crumble with vanilla custard or clotted cream.
- Some classic flavours that Bramley apples work well with are berry fruits, mint (apple and mint jelly), mixed spices and raisins.
- Bramley apples are a great addition to a soup, they will add a slight acidity to balance any rich creamy vegetable, try with either pumpkin or butternut squash.
- Bramley apples are great for preserving so you can enjoy them all year round. Experiment with chutneys and jams with the addition of dried fruits and spices. Even try drying them out and enjoy them as crisps.
with Vanilla Custard and Blackberry and Yoghurt Ice Cream view >
with caramelised Bramley apple and roast quail gravy view >
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