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Three quick ideas with apples

green apples
A is for autumn and apples, and how lucky are we to have so many delicious varieties to choose from in WA, including our very own Bravo.

It’s so refreshing to bite into that crisp skin to a sweet and juicy centre, but apples are so much more than a mid-morning pick-me-up or post-meal snack. Our website features lots of lovely recipes showcasing autumn’s bounty, and Buy West Eat Best members such as Newton Orchards, Michael Brothers and Newleaf Orchard make apples into delicious drinks. Here are three more quick ways to get added bite from one of our favourite fruits.

Pair with fennel

Apple and fennel go so well together. Core and slice two to three apples (whatever varieties you prefer). Finely slice one fennel bulb, reserving some fronds for decoration, and combine apples and fennel with some fresh leaves (rocket, spinach, watercress).  Mix about 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, 2 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil and about 1tsp of honey together. Season to taste. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the apple, fennel and salad leaves (you may not need all, but it will keep for several days in the fridge). Top with a few fronds. This simple dish is great on its own or as a side salad with fish or steak.

Add sugar and spice

Wash and peel two to three apples. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the apples and toss to combine. Pop on the lid and cook until just tender. Add 2tbsp of brown sugar and 1tsp cinnamon (we also like a little allspice – just try ¼ tsp as it’s quite strong) and stir until mixture thickens and has a caramel texture. Eat straight from the pan, spoon over pancakes or porridge, or serve with lashings of cream or ice-cream.

Make muffins

Muffins are a quick way to use up extra apples and they freeze well, too. Whisk together 115g melted butter and 1 cup brown sugar. Add 2/3 cup milk, 1 egg and 1tsp white vinegar and combine. Add 2 cups flour, 1tsp bicarb soda, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and a pinch of salt and mix until combined. Add 2 cups of peeled and chopped apples and stir once more. Divide the batter between 12 muffin cases in a muffin tray and bake for about 20 minutes. Serve warm or allow to cool completely before storing in airtight container for up to five days or freezing.