Thursday, 19 September 2013

Autumn Harvest

The hedgerows are heavy with blackberries around here. And one of my lovely friends has more apples on her trees than she knows what to do with. The girls and I went over to her place late afternoon yesterday and filled our boots bags. We already had blackberries freshly picked, waiting in the fridge.


So it was up to me to do something with all this bounty. I made a job lot of pastry, got out the apple peeler/corer thingy, and got to work.


The pies are all in the freezer now, waiting for those cold weekend nights in the winter when hot apple pie with custard/cream/ice cream (choose your favourite) is the perfect dessert. I sprinkled some of the blackberries in each pie too, and then used the rest of the berries in a apple blackberry crumble that we will have tomorrow night.


None of these tasks would have been achieved without my handy dandy peeler/corer/slicer. That Victorian invention is absolutely awesome. I would still be there peeling otherwise. And I am not that dedicated.

Nor do I wish to suggest that I spend every hour in the kitchen turning out home cooked food. Dinner tonight was courtesy of Sainsbury's. I would like to thank them.


I still have apples left, but I've run out of pie plates. I think I may buy one more so we can have pie on the weekend. I'm not using one out of the freezer yet!

Susan

29 comments:

  1. Apple and bramble pie just sums up Autumn for me. Yum!

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  2. I love pie. When you come on your holiday, you can make me pie - in return I will let you play with my fabric stash.

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  3. Oh, yummo!! I think apple pie might be my favourite pud.

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  4. I'm drooling over all those pies and wishing they were in my freezer. Enjoy.

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  5. Oooh you've made me want to make pies now!! Yum! And for a minute I was feeling a bit inferior with all the home cooking going on in your house, glad Sainsburys came to the rescue though!!

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  6. Oh yum! Your pies look fabulous! Lusciously full of fruit- fit for a food magazine.

    I had one of those apple peeler thingies but its just died...may have to go buy another because they seriously make light work of peeling apples...they don't do so well with making spiral spuds though ( voice of experience talking here )

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  7. it's officially fall when the apple pies are made.

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  8. Surpise me and make an Applestrudel! I would love to taste one of the pies

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  9. Lucky you having such a glut of apples at your disposal. I love making apple crumbles! If you have no pie plates left you need to make stewed apples for your toast - seriously scrummy. Mmmmm taking a notion for some now that I have mentioned it.

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  10. I went blackberrying today. It's just that I did mine at Sainsbury's and my pizza came from the pub with a friend ;o)

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  11. Custard all the way! The pies look amazing. I've got a bag of fallers from the in laws waiting to be made into stewed apple to be stirred into porridge when it gets cold :D

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  12. That is pie-dedication right there, making a freezer full of pies. I love all the things you can do with so many fresh apples - my favourite was always homemade applesauce.

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  13. Can I just say that it would kill me to make all that and not have some of it .. those apple pies look delicious.

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  14. They look sensational. Yummy yummy Yumskees. Lucky I cant get to where you live.

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  15. and not a soggy bottom in sight!

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  16. What an awesome stack of love for the freezer! I wish I was as talented and organised as you. If you've run out of pie dishes then pop the apples into a freezer bag and freeze them for later. I often do this with veggies :o)

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  17. you must have a bloody massive freezer!

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  18. I'm on my second picking of blackberries from the garden. I went out for a field walk yesterday and noticed there were not many brambles in the hedges and those that were there had manky blackberries.

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  19. Why don't you prep the apples and pre cook them in a little cinammon and spices and sugar, make some crumble mix and throw them in the freezer in (separate) bags, and then you can literally throw them in a bowl in winter and bobs your uncle, another instant dessert. :o)

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  20. Ooh I like Ange's idea, that's brilliant.
    I have one of those apple thingys too, but it doesn't get much of a workout these days.
    Those pies look fabulous, you'll be the new Nigella.
    I miss Sainsbury's and M and S, sigh.

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  21. You've inspired me now! Must add "lots of apples" to my grocery list for today. I like the little flower that you cut into the top of your crust - sure beats the unappealing fork marks that I usually do!

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  22. I am just jealous, and once again, hungry!

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  23. Oh, yum!!! Thanks for sharing. I used to bake pies for the freezer, too, once upon a time, and I expect I will be doing so again this time next year when we're living where the apple trees grow :)

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  24. Oh dear, now I'm going to have to go to the kitchen and heat up a slice of blueberry pie. Too late to make custard tonight. Blackberry and apple crumble was always a treat when I went to my aunt's house (for the holidays)when I was a young child. Here in Canada (as you know), Blackberries are not AS available in the wild. Good job I have raspberries in the freezer, just waiting for me to get some ambition....!!

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  25. Those pies look delicious! We're trying to make friends with apple tree owners... Would love a load of apples this time of year!

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  26. What scrumptious spoils...enjoy those warm pies on those frosty eves ;)

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  27. They look delicious, I made apple chutney last night with some fresh picked granny smiths apple, i cant wait to try it today!. No thing better than home cooking (saynsbury's cooking is not bad either! ;))

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