Monday, December 07, 2015

Covet Monday - Something Apple

No, I still can't cook. But I'm slowly working my way through the apples I picked off our apple tree a couple of weeks ago.

So far I had done an apple crumble and an apple cake, which has some room for improvement. But I still had about 7kg of apples left. So next on the list was to try something that would preserve the apples for a bit longer. Apfelmus, a popular German pudding and common rosti accompaniment, is kind of like apple sauce but a bit sweeter and flavoured with cinnamon. I didn't want to do just that so had a good rummage online and found a slightly more rustic version. Described as "apple jam", I adjusted the recipe a bit and think it's really more of a compote. (Unfortunately I just jotted the recipe down and now can't find it. So apologies to the cook who created this for not crediting you.)

2.5kg apples (after chopping)
500g sugar
juice from 1 lemon

1. Cut apples, core and chop into chunks. As per the recipe, I didn't peel them first. This is part of the rustic appeal of this recipe.

 2. Put apples into a large pot and add about half of the sugar. Leave to stand for a few hours.

3. Cook on a medium heat and add the rest of the sugar and lemon juice.
4. Cook for approx. 1 hour. Stir frequently. Puree with a blender if desired.

5. Add cinnamon to taste. Fill into sterilised jars.

As I said, the recipe described this as apple jam, but I can't really see myself eating this on my toast. I think it's more of a compote, so it'll be eaten with Kartoffelpuffer (German style rosti) or as a desert. 

Do you have a favourite recipe for preserving apples?

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