Delicious combinations you can make using Pink Lady® apples
Whether hot in a crumble or cold in a fruit salad, apples are enjoyed by many every day. But did you know that this staple fruit can be used in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways to create mouth-watering dishes you’d be proud to show off at any dinner party (or eat in secret yourself because they’re so good, you might not want to share). We’ve chosen five unusual ways to combine apples so get ready to enjoy your favourite fruit more often – and cook up a storm!
1. Pink Lady® Apple vodka
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Okay, so this isn’t strictly food but apple vodka is a great drink to serve at any party. Easy to make with minimum fuss, we think this is a winning combination. Try it for yourself and see! Pink Lady® apples are ideal for this recipe because they are naturally sweet, offsetting the sharpness of the vodka perfectly.
- Two Pink Lady® apples
- Vodka (medium-grade works fine)
- Wash the apples and slice them into eight, removing the core as you go.
- Transfer them to a glass jar.
- Pour vodka over the top (enough to cover the apple pieces) and seal the jar.
- Give it a quick shake once a day for two weeks then taste. Once you’re happy with the flavour, strain the vodka into an empty bottle and discard the apples.
- It’s now ready to serve in your poshest cocktail glasses. Make it look extra special by dipping the rim of the glass in sugar.
2. Pizza with Pink Lady® apple sauce dough
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This recipe is a great one for getting your kids involved. Homemade pizzas are always a winner but when you add apple sauce to the dough, it makes for a healthy and delicious base. And if you’re feeling in the mood for extra apples, you could use apple sauce as the base too! For the best apple sauce, chop, peel and core your Pink Lady® apples and blend in a food processor until smooth.
- 250ml warm water
- 1tbsp apple sauce
- 1tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 ½ tsp dry active yeast
- 210g whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
- First, make the dough. Mix the sugar, yeast and water in a bowl and set aside until you see it start to foam.
- Add the remaining ingredients (apart from the apple sauce) to a large mixing bowl and combine. Then add in the foamy mixture and the apple sauce and mix by hand to form dough.
- Knead it on a lightly floured surface and leave somewhere warm for an hour until it has doubled in size. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
- Once the dough has risen, lightly flour a surface and knead the dough before rolling out until it is big enough to fit on a pizza tray.
- Spoon on your favourite sauce (or use apple sauce again) and add your chosen toppings then bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the dough is golden.
3. Pink Lady® apple and bacon risotto
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Risotto is the perfect warming dish for those cold winter days. This recipe uses apples to enhance the flavour of the bacon to make the ideal comfort food.
- 250g Arborio rice
- One large Pink Lady® apple, peeled and chopped
- ½ glass dry white wine
- 550ml chicken stock
- 100g pancetta
- One onion, chopped finely
- Two cloves garlic, crushed
- Olive oil
- Knob of butter
- Handful thyme leaves
- Salt and pepper to season
- Grated parmesan
- Par-boil the rice for seven minutes (this reduces stirring time later on) then drain and set to one side.
- Fry the onion and pancetta in a large saucepan, add the apple and continue to cook for four minutes.
- Add the chopped garlic and the rice and mix well then pour in the wine and cook until the liquid has reduced.
- Stir in the chicken stock a little at a time, waiting until the rice has absorbed it each time, then add in the thyme leaves.
- Melt in the butter and add salt and pepper to season.
- Serve in bowls and garnish with grated parmesan.
4. Pink Lady® apple and onion tartlets
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If you’re looking for the perfect sweet-savoury treat, these apple and onion tartlets have got you covered. They can be enjoyed all year-round but we think they work particularly well for a lunchtime snack. Made with gluten-free ingredients, they are also suitable for coeliacs.
- 5tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
- 175g almond flour
- 2tbsp arrowroot starch
- 2tbsp coconut flour
- 2-4tbsp ice water
- 1tbsp sweetener
- 1tsp xanthan gum
- ¼ tsp salt
- Two medium Pink Lady® apples, chopped finely
- One onion, chopped finely
- 5tbsp butter
- 60g grated cheese
- Dried thyme, salt and pepper for seasoning
- Pinch dried parsley
- Make the filling first. Turn the hob medium-low and heat half of the butter until melted then add onions and stir until golden brown in colour. Set aside.
- Melt remaining butter on medium heat and cook the chopped apples until soft then add to the onions.
- Mix cheese, thyme, salt and pepper together in a bowl and stir into the apple and onion mixture.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
- Now it’s time to make the pastry. Using a food processor, pulse the coconut flour, arrowroot starch, almond flour, xanthan gum, sweetener and salt.
- Add in the butter pieces and pulse to form coarse breadcrumbs.
- Using a low setting on the processor, add one tablespoon of ice water at a time until a dough forms.
- Place a sheet of greaseproof paper on a surface and lightly dust with almond flour. Transfer the dough to the greaseproof paper and mould into a rectangle. Sprinkle more almond flour on top and cover with another sheet of greaseproof paper.
- Roll the dough into a 12x8 inch rectangle then remove the top layer of greaseproof paper.
- Slice dough into two-inch pieces and lift each piece off the greaseproof paper and place in a greased cupcake tin.
- Top with one tablespoon of filling and bake in the oven for around 25 minutes or until the edges of the pastry are golden.
- Remove and leave to cool for 10 minutes before eating.
5. Maple Syrup, Pink Lady® apple and cheddar pie
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For those with a sweeter tooth, this apple pie with cheese offers a great twist on an old classic. We recommend serving it hot for extra cheesy apple gooeyness.
- Two pie crusts
- Five Pink Lady® apples, peeled and sliced thinly
- 170g mature cheddar cheese, grated
- 2tbsp whole wheat flour
- 85g light brown sugar
- 60ml maple syrup (plus extra for topping)
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- 2tbsp chopped pecans (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a nine-inch ovenproof dish with one of the pie crusts then set aside.
- Mix together flour, sugar, apples, salt and cinnamon in a bowl then add the maple syrup, cheese and pecans (if using) and combine.
- Add the filling to the pie crust and top with the second crust. Fold and seal the edges of the crusts together and use a fork to poke a few holes in the top of the pie.
- Bake in the oven for around one hour or until the pie is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
- Remove from the oven and brush maple syrup over the top then leave to cool on a rack before serving.