October - time to pick up apples
Autumn is my favorite time of the year. It is beautiful and delicious. Since I moved to Dragør, a suburb of Copenhagen over 10 years yars, I stopped buying apples. The beach path along the coast has wild apple trees that harves from late August to late October. This year it might even be longer, because the weather has been lovely warm and mild.
Collecting the apples in the wild makes it even more exciting that picking them up in the garden. The children run in high grass and taste the apples. There are different trees and different sorts of apples, which makes it even more exciting to taste right from the tree. One little bag for us is more than enough to make a few delicious dishes,
Simplicity is my favorite recipe for an apple cake, apple chutney or marmalade. It si hard to spoil freshly picked apples when you add sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and cook them to boil into a jam. To make a simple crumble cake, I simply cut the apples, add sugar or maple syrup, and then top it with a mixture of oats, nuts, a little flower and oil.
The whole magic is in serving! When I serve simple food, I choose the best to complement it. For the crumble, I chose my own coconut ice-cream, maple syrup, and some chocolate flakes. The the sweet liquor made of pine needles created by Maass is a great complement to this serving together with a cup of strong ceylon black tea.
The apple jam, I saved for a another day. We enjoyed it together with our pancakes and yogurt next morning!