Cake with caramel sauce and our favorite apple recipes

Throughout the thirty day period of September, Irish apples are at their primary for choosing. We have a couple of gnarled but fruitful apple trees in the again yard in Currabinny. Some of their branches creep about my mother’s artwork studio, dropping apples with a thud on the corrugated iron roof. 

For the kinds that really don’t stop up bruised in the studio gutter, they are picked when ripe and set in a significant plastic bucket in the property. For the following number of weeks, we endeavour to make as a lot of pies, chutneys, cakes and sauces as we can. This is pure seasonality you get a glut of a little something in a particular month, and it dictates what you take in although it lasts. September to me always usually means apples. Of system, with some clever preserving, you do not have to try to eat them all there and then.

For those of you who really do not have any apple trees, there are a couple of orchards all over the nation where you can go picking you. Currently, we import so a lot of of the apples that we purchase in supermarkets it is seriously important to get out there and aid our local growers, who, a lot more typically than not are rising indigenous or native versions which would be lost otherwise.

Virtually each and every county has an linked variety of apples. The difference in form, dimensions, texture, flavour and color of much more than 100 common types is enormous. The Irish Seedsavers Affiliation based in Scarriff, County Clare set out in the 1990s to obtain and detect previous indigenous trees close to the country, and rescue them from oblivion by propagation.

Their Native Irish Apple Collection was inaugurated in 1997. The moment the ‘mother trees’ had developed massive ample they grafted scionwood from these onto rootstock and began offering trees. Far more than 140 old Irish locally tailored cultivars were saved in this way and are when much more remaining planted in gardens and orchards all around the country.

In our own yard, our trees are of fairly popular origin, two cooking apple trees (Bramley) and two a lot more of what we generally termed ‘little Irish taking in apples’, which are incredibly crisp and sweet but still with a fantastic quantity of tartness. Both equally are useful in the kitchen in their personal ways and supply a pretty responsible glut each 12 months, even with the largely unreliable weather conditions.

Easy apple cake

recipe by:Currabinny Cooks

This is a attractive upside-down cake where by the magic comes about when you flip around the cake pan on to a plate. Delicate and warm baked apples surrounded by a magnificent caramel sauce

Simple apple cake


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Line a 10-inch cake tin with butter and baking paper such that almost nothing can leak out.

  3. Area the butter and brown sugar in the well prepared cake tin and set it in the oven for all-around 6 minutes so that the sugar melts into the butter and begins to bubble gently.

  4. In a huge mixing bowl, place the dry components of flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder and salt, mixing jointly with a whisk or fork to combine properly. Established apart.

  5. Acquire two of the apples and peel and main them ahead of reducing them into 10-12 wedges.

  6. Arrange these slices at the bottom of the tin on the caramel in a round pattern. Core the remaining apple but go away the pores and skin on and coarsely grate it. Location the grated apple in a significant mixing jug along with the eggs, caster sugar and vegetable oil. Whisk alongside one another well and then blend with the dry ingredients. Fold the moist into the dry properly to combine. Pour the ensuing cake batter around the caramel and apple slices and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

  7. Test with a skewer (it must occur out clear) ahead of putting the cake tin on a wire rack to interesting. When cooled sufficient to handle, invert the cake onto a serving position. Serve with crème fraiche.

Apple chutney

recipe by:Currabinny Cooks

This is a fantastic recipe for working with up the previous of your apples which by the stop of the month are all bruised and wanting a little bit shabby

Apple chutney

Full Time

1 hours 10 mins


  • 2 major onions, around chopped

  • 900g apples, cored and chopped

  • 110g dried cranberries or bitter cherries

  • 15g floor coriander

  • 1 massive thumb of ginger, peeled and grated 

  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated

  • 15g salt 

  • 340g light brown sugar

  • 500ml cider vinegar


  1. Put all the substances in a substantial pot. Gradually provide to the boil about a medium substantial heat till the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Change the heat down and simmer for about 1 hour, stirring from time to time. Immediately after an hour the chutney must be superior and thick. Scrape out the chutney into sterilized jars and seal.

  3. Leave to amazing and shop in a dim neat area. Finest eaten immediately after a handful of months.

Roasted apples

recipe by:Currabinny Cooks

This method generally presents me the best success for apple sauce but be positive to use an taking in apple instead than a cooking apple, as the cooking apples main and seeds tend to convert the flesh marginally bitter

Roasted apples

Cooking Time

1 hrs 20 mins

Complete Time

1 hrs 22 mins


  • 6 great sized organization ingesting apples (Pink Girl, Braeburn, Kerry Pippin)


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.

  2. Set up the apples in a roasting tray or casserole dish which has lifted edges. Incorporate all over 3cm of h2o to the roasting tray. Include with foil and put in the oven for 1 hour.

  3. Soon after an hour, the apples ought to be incredibly soft but nonetheless holding their condition. Clear away the foil and location back again in the oven, roasting for a different 20 minutes so that the apples start out to bulge and burst in sites. The pores and skin should really also just take on a deeper color.

  4. Take out thoroughly from the casserole. These can be consuming as they are with some product or ice product, You can also get rid of the purreed apple flesh, discarding the pores and skin and main to use for all kinds of issues.