There are lots of apple trees here in the West Country because we make a lot of cider .. most are in orchards though and thus untouchable .Unless you go in for a touch of scrumping. Which being a well brough up young lady I would never consider…well maybe after a couple of pints of cider
However this little apple tree was all on its own and so fair game to make a little tart
Rosehip and Apple Tart
Roll out ready made puff pastry , with apple slices drizzled with rosehip syrup and baked at 220 deg C for 20 minutes
500 g of rosehips
200 g of sugar
1.5 litres of water.
Chop rosehips finely and put into 1 litre of boiling water. Bring back to the boil. Remove from heat and let infuse for 15mins. Finely strain the rosehips till the bulk of the liquid has been collected. Return the pulp to the saucepan with the remaining water. Re-boil and infuse again for 10mins and then strain again. Pour the juice into a clean saucepan and simmer until the right consistency and then add the sugar, boil for 5 mins and then bottle.
Also this weekend wild crab apples too they are a little sour but you can gather then
Crab Apple and Hawthorne Cheese
Chop Crab Apples , place in pan of water with approx half the same amount of hawthorn berries . Cover with boiling water and bring back to the boil simmer until the apple has mushed. Sieve into a a clean pan and bring back to the boil add a dash of cinamon , crushed cloves and a dash of nutmeg.
Add an equal volume granulated sugar to the volume of puree. Boil until it begun to thicken and set . Place in preserving jars Good with cheese pork game …..but also good with ice cream and apples made good cider too