Crab apples in brown sugar & butter

Crab apples in brown sugar & butter

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From
Gather
Serves
4
Photographer
Andrew Montgomery

True crab apples are slightly different to the little wild apples, known as ‘wildings’, that grow in and around our hedgerows and along our roadsides. Proper crab apples are actually very small, like big cherries – big, very sour cherries. I’ve found an ancient tree on the grounds of an old estate not far from where I live. When its twisted, mossy limbs are laden with these miniature yellow apples, I’ll casually scrump a bag or two. This sits perfectly easily with my conscience, as no one else seems to want them! The last time I gathered a haul, I was so enamoured with these cute little fruits, I was determined to eat them whole and in their entirety. I cooked them to bursting in plenty of brown sugar and butter. It wrapped around them like a long-lost lover, and I ate the fruit from the stalk until it was all gone.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
200g ripe crab apples, or very small wild apples, stalks intact
1 knob butter
60g light soft brown sugar
good pinch fine sea salt

Method

  1. Choose a shallow, heavy-based frying pan large enough to hold all your apples in a single layer. Melt the butter and sugar with the pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of water in the pan over a medium heat to create a syrup. Bring the syrup to a gentle boil, then carefully add the apples to the pan. Simmer the apples gently in the bubbling syrup for 6–8 minutes, or until they are soft but still holding their shape. (If the syrup reduces or spits too much, add a splash more water.) Remove the pan from the heat.
  2. Bring the apples to the table with a small jug of chilled double cream, or ice cream, and serve immediately.
Tags:
River Cottage
seasonal
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