Bramley Apple Pie Week (14th-20th October)
Despite the slow start to spring, fruit harvests have been surprisingly good this year. Those of you with a glut of fruit will be in the throes of jam and chutney making sessions and frantically trying to find space in the freezer for other delights.
This week is Bramley Apple Pie Week (14th-20th October) and what better way to use up some of that lovely fruit? The weather’s turning colder, the days are getting shorter and we all start thinking about comfort food. So grab your rolling pin and bake yourself an apple pie!
There are hundreds of recipes available online and pastry is very easy to prepare. If you can’t face making your own pastry, the ready-to-roll stuff you can buy in the shops is a good enough substitute. There’s no need to pre-cook Bramley apples for pies or crumbles, simply peel and slice the appples and cover them with your topping; there’s enough moisture in the fruit to soften it while it’s cooking.
Opinion is divided when it comes to the perfect accompaniment to apple pie – custard, cream or ice cream? We had a quick poll in the office to find out the favourite and the clear winner was custard! What’s your favourite way to eat apple pie?
Grow your own ‘Bramley’s Seedling’ apple tree! They can be grown in the garden or on the patio, but do check that there’s another apple tree nearby to pollinate yours.
A few Bramley facts…
- Bramley apples have been around for over 200 years
- Mary Ann Brailsford, a young girl from Nottinghamshire, unwittingly grew the first ‘Bramley’s Seedling’ tree when she planted some pips in her garden in 1809
- In 1846 Matthew Bramley, the local butcher, bought the cottage and garden. A few years later, a local nurseryman asked permission to take cuttings from the tree to sell. Mr Bramley agreed, but insisted that the apples should bear his name
- The original Bramley tree is still producing fruit, despite being blown down by, but surviving, a violent storm in 1900.