My garden is slowing down. I had hoped to grow some more rocket and spinach before winter hit but, despite autumn having hardly begun, we’ve already had our first frost and there’s a icing-sugar sprinkling of snow on the nearby mountains. Imagine that my seeds won’t germinate in these temperatures but, truth be told, I have no idea. Do you?
Other than my herbs and a few lazy blueberries, the only edible produce in my garden at the moment are leeks and apples. The former are still wee toots and, though baby leeks are lovely, I know I’ll get more eating out of them if I leave them to mature for a few more weeks. The apples are perfectly ripe and absolutely delicious but my recently planted saplings have produced very little fruit this season.
Yet again, the grumpy neighbour comes to the rescue. He has lots of beautiful, red fruit clustered tightly around his branches and, as per usual, he has no intention (that I can see) of picking them. What’s an apple loving girl to do…
The majority of these apples will find their way into my handbag for a breaktime snack. Some others will be baked into a Finnish apple cake (recipe to come). The rest will be made into apple sauce (recipe also to come) to be eaten with slices of roast pork or stirred into my porridge or made into apple snow.
I first ate apple snow in Finland five years ago. How it’s usually made, I don’t know. I tried making it this way once and thought it was pretty damned good.
4 egg whites
Pinch of salt
75g caster sugar
150ml apple sauce
Pinch of cinnamon
- In a glass bowl whisk the eggs and salt until they form soft peaks.
- Add the sugar and whisk again until mixture is fluffy and peaked again.
- Fold in the apple sauce and a little cinnamon.
- Freeze for three hours, stirring occasionally.
- Serves dusted with cinnamon.