- Friday, 05 October 2012
Bramley Apple Pie Week - Bramley apples are the well-known cook's choice for apple-related dishes. You might be wondering - what is it about the bramley apple that really makes it the cream of the crop when it comes to apples? The ingredients are key!
Because they contain less sugar and more acid than their counterparts, it keeps that tangy flavour when cooking. And experts and chefs agree!
Not to mention the 'melt in the mouth' part. I'm just thinking about the way an apple pie practically dissolves in your mouth. Mmm ...
So in 1809 Mary Ann Brailsford unknowingly did something that would make her famous. Because after planting some pips the Bramley's Seedling tree appeared from the ground. And now, 200 years after the first tree was sown, restaurants, pubs and retailers everywhere are waiting for September's new crop - just in time for Bramley Apple Pie Week in October!
So, now it's your turn to get cooking! If you're not exactly a whizz in the kitchen, get someone to help you - it will make the experience more fun anyway! If like me, you thought the appley meals would stop at deserts you'd be mistaken: the choices range from spare ribs and burgers, to Bramley Tiramisu!
To start you off in preparation for Bramley Apple Pie Week, find some delicious Bramley apple recipes from Tomato and Bramley Soup to Pork and Bramley Bake and the wonderful Bramley Apple and Sticky Toffee Puddings - my mouth is watering already - and there are lots more recipe ideas at the Bramley Apple official website.
And the Bramley apple truly has survived through the ages! Literally. The most impressive part is that the original Bramley Apple tree still stands in Nottinghamshire today - and every past, present and future apple you and anyone else eats will be a direct descendant ...!
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