To make up for it today's post is about food. Do you forgive me?
It never felt more rural than the moment we realised that there was an apple tree growing wild on our dog walking route. Walking past it daily I slowly made the decision that I those apples weren't going to waste.
I present to you: The Scrumpy Pie
5 large apples (you don't have to pick them yourself....)
4 Heaped table spoons of light brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 Sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
1 egg beaten
Take two of your apples and cut them in half.
Thinly slice each half so you have half moon shapes apple pieces. While your slicing these you might want to store your sliced pieces in water or apple juice to stop them browning.
Put one tablespoon of sugar and your butter into a frying pan, melt together.
Once melted add in your apple pieces.
Cook until the apple goes soft. Allow to cool.
Take your other three apples, peel and pop in a pan.
Add the rest of your sugar and cook down into a purée, it should take about ten minutes. It doesn't need to lump free, in fact the lumpier the better. Allow to cool.
Pop your oven on to preheat at 200°
Roll out your pastry and smother with your purée leaving an inch border.
On top of your purée, working from the centre out, wrap your cooled apple slices around each other making sure you stand them up so you can see the apple skin.
Once your apple rose is finished fold your pastry over so it's covering the outermost rose "petals".
Wash the pastry over with your egg and sprinkle with a little sugar.
Now devour with cream or custard while it's still warm.