nostalgic for apples.

The garden of the house I grew up in was full of fruit trees and berry bushes. Mostly apple trees, and most frustrating of all, mostly cooking apple trees. The majority of them fell to the ground and were seized by sugar hungry wasps who buzzed all over them while we ran through the garden, careful not to tread on the sticky appley lumps full of doped up bugs.

When we did collect the apples it was always for apple crumble made by my mother which I still can't quite match, usually eaten on a warm night when it was still light in the evenings and the dogs were tired and our muscles ached from treehouse building or from intrepid exploring adventures into the forest.

What I'm getting at is that this pudding is the homeliest thing I've made for a long time and had me craving the mountains of home and warm autumn days that seem like they're taking forever to arrive so if you're feeling nostalgic, or missing home, this is the dessert for you.

You'll need:
Cooking apples (1 per person)
1/3 cup cinnamon sugar (or normal sugar with 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon added)
1/3 cup dried fruit, I used sultanas but you could use any dried berry or even dried apricots chopped up
1/3 cup vegan margarine
a handful of chopped nuts (optional, I just had some macadamias and love them)

Grab an apple corer and core all the apples. I'm sure it's possible to do this without an apple corer, but it makes the whole thing a lot easier. After you've cored them, grab a sharp knife and run a line around the middle of the apple. Imagine it's a planet, where the equator is, that's where you should cut. Just to break the skin, not deep, just all the way around.

Place the cored apples into a baking dish with high-ish sides. Put the sugar, fruit and nuts if you're using them, into a bowl.

Add the margarine and make sure everything's mixed thoroughly. Grab a spoon and push the mixture down into the holes in the apples. If you're using macadamias, they're a pain for this, big bulbous oafs.

Try not to leave too many sultanas on the top like I did, they'll burn easily and they don't taste great when they're burnt. Put any leftover fruit and nuts into the pan with the apples and add 1/3 cup of hot water. Cover with foil and cook in the oven at Gas mark 4/170C/350F for 30 minutes. Then take the foil off and cook for another 20-25 minutes.

I've put this recipe into the recipe book I made for one of you, have you entered to win it? You've got as much chance as everyone else! The link's up there at the top.

(All the pictures at the top are of my home and my family. Aw.)


Artichoke Zine. said...

My parents used to make this too!
With golden syrup and alcohol.
It's the best <3

taleoftwovegans said...

These look so delicious! Until I read your post just now, I didn't even know an apple corer was something that existed! Haha, I've always resorted to making baked apple halves, since I couldn't seem to figure out how people cored apples to neatly! Oh man, I feel silly. I must get one! :) -Eve

Naomi Rose said...

ooooh christina with golden syrup!! I'm trying that next time!

Eve, it's a lifesaver, you can pick them up everywhere, super cheap!

Rose said...

What a lovely post! Those apples look lovely...just the thing to soothe a nostalgic heart.

veggievixen said...

i love this post. the pictures of your family are great and your words are so poignant. i think everyone feels that nostalgia, and has some particular dish associated with home/childhood. baked apples are a fantastic thing to feel nostalgia for. i also love them stuffed with granola and lots of brown sugar. so good.

siobhan said...

mmmm that looks so good and wherever you were brought up looks beautiful too!

Naomi Rose said...

Thanks Rose, it was delicious!

Veggievixen you're so sweet, stuffing them with granola is a GREAT idea, I have to try it, thankyou!

Siobhan I was brought up in midwales inbetween mountains and the ocean. I miss it!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Those pictures actually made my heart skip a beat! What stunning scenery and what a beautiful story. I've never heard a better reason to make a delicious dessert.

Ladyslenderlegs said...

love the collage of old family pics, makes me yearn for the Welsh countryside

InALittleMinute said...

Love the photos.. absol gorgeous!

Kyla Roma said...

Oh my goodness, I bought cooking apples this week with the intention of making something indulgent with them and you have completely risen to the occasion! Look at you!

I'm so excited to do my vegan experiment post next month and to point my readers to your blog, you're my favourite new read =)

Naomi Rose said...

Aw thanks Tasha, that's so sweet of you!

Ladyslenderlegs (bestnameever), thankyou. I miss home!

Thanks inalittleminute!

Kyla Roma, I cannot WAIT to read it. And favourite? Wowza!!

Jul's said...

I almost cried on this one. In autumn, we have some many apples from our 3 apple trees, that we used to eat apple at every meal to get rid of its.
Apple in the hoven were my favorite.

Hanako66 said...

it looks so beautiful and delicious!!! i love your story:)

Gauri Radha गौरी राधा said...

Those baked apples look marvelous :-)