Last weekend I was delighted when our neighbour popped round to see us with a couple of carrier bags full of apples picked from their tree. I was pleased as my own apple tree hadn’t produced anything this year. This was disappointing as although it is a small tree, I did manage to get a few good apples off it last year. One bag from my neighbour’s stash was full of small apples ideal for my daughter’s horse to chomp on, the other was full of crisp apples perfect for cooking and baking with.
As we had my Mum staying with us last weekend I chose to cook a Sunday roast- a large chicken followed by a naughty but nice pudding involving apples. I didn’t want to make something I had already made before, though. I also didn’t want to make a steamed pudding as I have never made one before and wouldn’t know where to start!
Once again I turned to my copy of The Great British Bake Off Everyday as I remembered there being a Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding recipe in there. It seems like I am doing a lot of baking from this book at the moment but I suppose I go through fads and phases. Upon reading the recipe, the introduction said it was a “very simple all-in-one sponge mix.. a good way to use slightly tart windfall apples”. This was good news to me, I didn’t want to spend ages faffing about.
To be honest I wasn’t really in a baking mood as I had been up half the night worrying about my daughter the night before. She had been to a concert and was staying overnight at her friends’ house. I wanted to know that she was back safely at her friends’ house but my stomach was churning so much, it took me until 3am to get some sleep. I also woke up with a sore throat which wasn’t good news as it has not been long since I had a cold! I had to produce something for Sunday lunch though.
We all really enjoyed the pudding and the apples were a great addition to the mix. My son said “Why do you have to ruin it with apples?” and “I don’t like it when apples are cooked” but he did eat all the sponge and sauce part. Everyone else enjoyed it and it made a huge portion. The recipe stated that it served 6 but I thought it was nearer 10-12! I thought the portions were generous too. I will definitely bake this again and might try it with pears instead.
Love Sam xx