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One of our key values is to provide wholesome organic food for all of our staff during the time the they work for us. Up until now that’s made for a chaotic kitchen at times with everyone squashed in around the table, but our new building (Apple HQ) is going to make that a lot easier. We are very grateful to have been given a ’new’ second-hand kitchen and a collection of old tables and chairs. We are very proud to be supplying some of Somerset’s leading restaurants with our produce. This occasionally provides us with the opportunity for some apple chat with some of the UK’s best chefs, where we pick up ‘top tips’ and sometimes leave with a new recipe. All of the recipe’s on this website have proved popular over the years. In time we will produce recipe cards which will be free-of-charge with all orders.

Apple, Cheese and Rosemary Tarts

Apple, Cheese and Rosemary Tarts

Ingredients 
2-4 crisp apples, peeled, cored and finely sliced (sweet eating apples work best as they complement the tanginess of the feta cheese)
200g feta cheese
Half a sprig of fresh rosemary leaves removed and very finely chopped.
75g butter
1 onion
2 packs of ready-made puff pastry.
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of allspice
Runny honey
Very small purple or green basil leaves to garnish (optional)
Sweet chilli jam
Method
1) Preheat the oven to 200c / 180 fan/gas mark 6. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
2) Melt half the butter in a saucepan and fry the onions and rosemary over a gentle heat until the onion starts to brown. Seat aside.
3) Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to about 5mm thick. Cut out 20 rounds using a 10cm cutter. Put 10 of them onto the baking tray and prick them all over with a fork. Then using a 9cm cutter cut circles out of the remaining rounds. Carefully transfer these rings onto the larger circles with the pricked bases, so that they form a ring around the edge. The small rounds that remain can be used for something else.
4) Brush the whole pastry rounds with beaten egg and put into the fridge for 15 minutes.
5) To make the topping, put the goat’s cheese, lemon juice, freshly grated pepper and onion mix into a bowl and mix gently. Avoid over mixing as you want the cheese to remain crumbly. Divide the mixture into the pastry cases and arrange the apple slices in a pattern on top.
6) Melt the rest of the butter and brush it over the tarts. Sprinkle with allspice. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool, then drizzle lightly with honey and sprinkle with basil. Serve with sweet chilli jam.
Potato, Parsnip and Smoked Haddock Cider Bake

Potato, Parsnip and Smoked Haddock Cider Bake

 

 

Apple and Cheese Vol-au-vents

Apple and Cheese Vol-au-vents

Ingredients

Vol-au-vent cases
Apple’s, peeled
Dowding’s Wild Orchard or Orchard Brue Apple Juice
Somerset Apple Brandy (optional)
Raisins
Icing sugar
Cream cheese

Method

1) Soak the raisins in either the Apple juice or brandy until plump.
2) Cut the apples into small pieces and stew in the apple juice until soft. Stir the raisins in and leave to cool.
3) Mix the cream cheese with a little icing sugar (to taste)
4) Fill the vol-au-vent cases with a spoonful of cream cheese at the bottom and the apple and raisin mixture on top. Lightly dust with icing sugar.

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Dowding’s

Southdown
Shepton Montague
Wincanton
Somerset
BA9 8JP

01749 812652