Thursday, March 26, 2009

cooked apples

wenty got carried away on saturday when he went shopping with mingay and paul at flemington markets. their mission was to buy some lobsters for lunch but wenty obviously couldn't resist all the cases of fruits and vegetables around him. after several exchanges on the phone, he not only came home with 10 lobsters, but also figs, apples, pears, sweetcorn, and limes. the limes were beautiful, the pears were nice and firm, but the apples needed attending to ....... immediately.
whenever there's a glut of anything, the temptation is often to make jam and preserves so we can enjoy the bounty through the year. however, i decided that i should cook the apples and go from there.
i realise that there are different apples out there which are better for some things than others, but very often, when i make cook apples, i never worry about the apples i use as the apples i use tend to be past their prime. this has never posed any problems as we just love the apples cooked this way.

1 kilogram apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1/4 cup sugar
30 grams butter

place the apples, sugar and butter into a frypan over medium heat. the butter will melt, the sugar will dissolve and the apples will release their juices.
increase the heat and stir the apples around so the apples don't catch.
continue cooking until the apples are cooked to your liking; we like the apples soft, but still retaining their shape, with most of the liquid evaporated.
at this stage, the apples can be eaten as they are, made into a pie, made into a crumble, eaten with icecream, used as an accompaniment....getting the drift?


Sam C said...

Much fun to be had at those markets!

whisks said...

are you telling me or asking me?
i confess i haven't been before; my friends did all the shopping and i got to reap the bounty. i'd very much like to go, but i'd need the guys to take me. we've done cabramatta before, and i have to say it's nice having the guys carrying all my shopping!