Hello, a Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipe today, I love this, it’s super easy and super tasty plus it’s Real Girl tried and tested…that means it got made in a real kitchen with real things like budgets, time constraints and family schedules all in play…I have made it when in a rush for the Beach Cottage Crew, it doesn’t need fancy ingredients and I have also made it lots of times when guests are coming over and I need recipes that can be prepared in advance and are totally stress free
I first had a version of this when on holiday in France…a camping holiday in West France at the sea with friends…as many a lovely English family does, we packed up our car, headed over the Channel and spent some time soaking up the sun, the French ambiance and the food…
One day Mr BC and I had sneaked off for a bite to eat, I have no idea where our kiddos were but I am pretty sure they weren’t with us…
It was one of those cafes with a tiny menu of the day and a big carafe of wine slammed on the table by a huffy French teenage waitress. Those be the kinda French cafes I miss..fancy schmancy French here Down Under with humongous prices just does not float this girl’s boat.
Anyway, the dessert was like this I am here to talk about today, though a bit more alcoholic. When it came up I must say I did screw my nose up a bit…before that I was not a huge lover of baked fruit….this quickly changed that.
It was served in little oval dishes and dolloped with creme fraiche and, really was exquisite…mouthfuls of delicious sugary buttery treats…very Normandy tasting to my very in-experienced palette.
So a few years later I came across a recipe for something like it, it called for other fruit too and it reminded me of that dish I had tried on a Summer’s day in France…and this recipe is how it goes now, years later in a tatty old cottage on Sydney’s beaches, smile
Beach Cottage Recipe
Easy Baked Apples
2 x apples
t bsp butter
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup walnuts chopped finely
1/4 cup hazelnuts chopped finely
extra thick double cream to serve
or if one is in skinny mode Greek Yoghurt or Creme Fraiche
1. core & chop the apples into small pieces
2. pop in a baking tray & mix through all other ingredients
3. bake for 30 mins at 190C
4. serve with a dollop of cream
(this recipe is for 2)
Beach Cottage Recipe Notes *any nuts will do really so don’t stress if you haven’t go those above, it’s all about store cupboard ingredients *shoving a bit more butter will be very nice but may not help the thighs or muffin top *ditto sugar *this is purrrfect for using up your wrinkly apples in the fruit bowl
I have changed this around a lot since that first recipe I had (it was more specific on the nuts and spices) and to be honest, you don’t have to stick to the recipe, if you can chop up some apples and throw around some butter and sugar you won’t go far wrong…
There are two ways I have found that are impressive to serve this if you have people over and indeed you are trying to impress….firstly in little bowls, each person receiving their dinky little portion and brought to the table with a fanfare….the other way is to use a baking dish that is suitable for the table and to load the baby up, stack up some nice bowls and plonk all on a tray with a handful of spoons and present on the table for sharing…
Whichever way, it’s one of those recipes that you can make in the afternoon so you are not stressed and more importantly when your guests are actually in the house you don’t have any panicking to do…as you sit there actually enjoying the occasion you are sweet in the knowledge that this little tray of goodness has been shoved, without ceremony, into the oven and is baking away quite happily, while you sit back and relax.
And let me tell you too, you might well want to stir this through some extra thick Greek yoghurt in the morning and your day will start with a zing…I just make up some of this and then leave it in the fridge in airtight container…
The best thing about this though is that it is good on the pocket…but doesn’t seem like it, there is, indeed, the air of the exquisite about it, a leetle bit of zee French wafts around as you bring it to the table and all is good in the world.
And let’s be honest, we all know, we are all looking for some of that in our lives
See you next time, I have white painting for you soon
p.s. if you like the look of this you’ll love this super easy French Apple Pie here (well it’s not French but I pretend it is)
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