Summer's End








After a week of warm sunny days when washing has dried in a flash and hot air balloons have drifted across the sky I watch our glorious 'Lympians make their triumphant way down the Mall under grey skies and I know this wonderful summer has come to an end.

I have loved London 2012 so much. I couldn't possibly say which was my favourite moment because there were so many. The television coverage both on BBC1 and Channel 4 has been superb -the common factor being of course the fabulous Clare Balding.

But all good things must end and Autumn is in the air. Early mornings are chilly, the evenings are drawing in, berries are bright in the hedgerows and my fruit bowl is piled high with apples.


These little apples are a variety called Katy. I bought them because of their name but they went soft quickly and have an unpleasant waxy skin. Rather than throw them away I made them into this super-simple pudding.

Fried Toffee Apples

For each person allow
1 or 2  eating apples - depending on size
1 oz (30g) butter
1 tablespoon of sugar

Peel and core the apples and cut into slices.
Melt the butter in a frying pan, when it is foaming throw in the apples and sugar.
Cook for about 5-10 minutes until the butter and sugar has begun to turn to toffee and the apples are soft.
Careful, they're hot!

To make a more substantial pud, fry (separately) some cubes of bread in butter until crisp and toss with the apples. A delicious contrast of textures.


To celebrate a new season I have a stylish new blog theme which I got from the talented Ana at  Blog Milk . My theme is the one called Annouk and I love it.

Comments

  1. Mmm Toffee Apples sound wonderfully autumnal- perfect for this time of year! (Like the new look Blog page!)

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  2. Sounds delicious and rather like the filling used to make pancake parcels which we used to buy in the market in Limoges when we lived there. To make just put a spoonful of the toffee apple in the centre of a pancake (crepe) and bring up the edges and twist to form a package. Sprinkle with sifted icing sugar and serve warm with ice cream or creme fraiche.

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    1. Goodness my Tom would adore those -pancakes and apples are his favourite things.

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  3. Really like the new look, Sue. Very clean.

    Yes, Autumn has definitely arrived. Looking forward to the colours, but not the cold!

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  4. Today was still lovely here - washing dried quite quickly though the dark clouds loomed overhead for a while.

    Tomorrow is looking like I might have to find proper shoes and a raincoat :(

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  5. Tres chic but I am missing the quinces a little bit.
    I just LOVE this time of year- the start of the hunkering down, cosy knitwear and stew season.
    Bliss.
    Ax

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    1. Yeah me too but then again I don't "do" change ;)

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  6. It has been rather a glorious summer this year hasn't it. It will certainly be a hard act to follow.

    Liking the sleek new blog theme :D

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  7. That is the type of pudding that I wouldn't mind eating.

    They new styling is very elegant, well done.

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  8. Love the new look - really beautiful x

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  9. Anonymous9:20 pm BST

    I appreciate that the new layout appears to be more "glossy" but I preferred the old layout if I'm honest - it seemed to suit your subject matter more I think (but maybe it's partly because I can't see the whole page now without scrolling across so it's a wee bit harder to read). Still enjoying the content as always though!

    Rosy

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    1. Just asked my husband to look at the blog on his ancient laptop. He had the same problem but when he changed the screen magnification to 75% he could see it all. Maybe your computer isn't widescreen?

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    2. Anonymous10:22 am BST

      Thanks Sue - that works better now, much nicer to see the whole page at once (the print does get a bit small but I'll get my reading glasses out to remedy that!) My PC is ancient too so probably that's where the problem is - does that count as an excuse to treat myself to a new laptop?

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    3. Good lord yes!

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  10. Yummy as ever Sue and couldn't agree more about Clare Balding. Superb x

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  11. Your washing photo is beautifully original and atmospheric.

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    1. Thank you. There was a point where everything was perfectly silhouetted behind the sheet, but by the time I got my camera I'd missed it. This one isn't bad though.

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  12. Love your new look!

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  13. I thought I'd cooked just about everything that it was possible to cook with apples, so it's great to find a new apple recipe! :-)

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  14. I do like your stylish new look. We have a bowl full of apples I bought at a local farm shop, not the tastiest we have ever had but your simple recipe should sort them out.

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  15. Certainly a summer to remember, wasn't it. Like the new theme.

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  16. I like the new theme too.

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  17. Looking very stylish there. And those toffee apples look positively wicked.

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  18. I am banned from using apples in anything else but pie or crumble, on pain of divorce.

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  19. Like the new streamlined look Sue, very chic.
    I must say I have enjoyed the London Olympics and Para Olympics immensely.
    We've had good coverage in the land down under. Congratulations London!

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  20. Love the new clean theme - a great foil for your wonderful photos.
    We have a Katy apple tree and the good thing about the waxy coating is that it is quite aromatic, so apart from the very smallest fruits which we leave for the birds, I bring them all in and keep a bowlful on the dining table, as nature's own room freshener. We also have a juicer and Katy juice is delicately pink as the skins are so red. And finally in praise for the tree, in a year when the other apples are few and far between, Katy has been as productive as ever.

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    1. I've had cider made from Katy apples and it was lovely. Your talk of aromatic fruit makes me pine for my non-existent quinces.Usually the garden is full of their lovely scent at this time of the year.

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  21. Liking the new look!

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  22. I did prefer the previous heading, with respect this one looks like a newspaper! Miss that glorious cydonia oblonga
    Mrs GH.

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  23. Pati from London1:59 pm BST

    Thanks for the apple recipe, sue. Apples are my favourite fruit so will be trying that one. The pancake's one that your reader mentioned sounds yummy too. Have requested damsons in my local grocers but I fear that it might be a bit late for those now.... Any idea which other fruit I could do the gyn with? Pati x

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    1. Sloes are the traditional gin fruit Pati but you will have to forage for those. Elderberries are also another free fruit you could try. I think raspberry gin would be rather delicious x

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    2. Pati from London3:02 pm BST

      Thanks Sue.... I am not too good at foraging berries... I am not familiar with some of them and would probably grab poisonous stuff, by mistake... The raspberry one might be a good idea. I once used raspberries to make raspberry flavoured vinegar and it was indeed lovely, px

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  24. We have a Katy apple tree in our garden and I agree with you totally about the skins. I can only eat them if they are peeled.
    It's yet to produce more than half a dozen fruit though so not enough to do much with.

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  25. Hello Sue, I just wanted to say thank you for your lovely blog, I've been following it for a while now and it's so uplifting, funny and interesting to read. I'm a 'stay at home mum' and am very grateful to be one, the only trickiness is occasional questions from others about whether I'll go back to work now my child is at school, and also whether I get lonely at home on my own in the day. I don't really, as I like my own company, I do go out and see people and I read blogs like yours! Thanks once again for your posts and the lovely recipes, Sian xx

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    1. Welcome Sian. People still ask me when am I going back to work- so tiresome. I like my own company too ;)

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