We have been enjoying the fruits of our labours, including the month long celebration of apples at Erddig (National Trust). Their orchard has 180 varieties (out of the 2,500 or so developed in the UK, approx 7,000 worldwide). Imagine, it would take until Easter next year to eat a different apple a day! A Welsh nursery located here in North Wales specialises in growing varieties of Apple, Pear, Plum and Damson fruit trees from all over Wales, all of which are unique and very rare. Just think that when you plant a fruit tree, that it will almost certainly outlive you and provide for generations to come.
This is an easy recipe that we have all relished, using fruit from our gardens and allotments.
- 450-700g cooking apples, peeled and cored into quarters
- 125g butter or margarine
- 125g soft light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 200g Self raising flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Make narrow slits on rounded edge of each apple quarter (do not cut through). Set aside
Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Fold in flour. Spoon into tin. Push apples into the batter, pack in tightly. Mix 1 tbsp extra brown sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Cool in tin.