Warm apples in a gently spiced syrup are as delicious over your favourite breakfast as they are by themselves.

Poached apple recipe
Serves:  6
Fresh from the garden:  Apples, lemons
Season:  Autumn/Winter
This is a very easy fruit-based dessert – once you’ve mastered the basics you can apply the technique to any fruit that is in season and experiment with flavours in the poaching liquid – what else could you add?


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What to do

  • 1. Prepare all of the ingredients based on the instructions in the ingredients list.

  • 2. Cook the sugar, water and lemon in the large pot for about 5 minutes to form a syrup.

  • 3. Remove the lemon using the slotted spoon and bring the syrup to a simmer.

  • 4. Cook a few apple slices in the syrup at a time until tender. (Be careful not to overcook the apples; they should be tender, not mushy.)

  • 5. Place the cooked slices in the bowl.

  • 6. Continue cooking the rest of the apple slices. Add more water to the syrup as needed.

  • 7. When all the apple slices are cooked and in the bowl, pour the syrup over them.

  • 8. Grate over a sprinkling of nutmeg before serving.

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