This little guy is almost 8 months old ! Can you believe it ? Seems like just a few months ago he was born. In readiness for his mum going back to work I have been having him for 1 full day a week to get him used to being here more frequently come July. He is the most placid little guy and is quite happy to sit in the pram whilst I get a few chores done around our little property.
This week we picked apples from one of our trees. Henry and I gathered the ones the birds had partially gorged on and fed them to the pony and sheep but the ones that were unspoiled all came inside and were stewed slowly with a tiny bit of water on the stove top. The hens loved the big bucket of peel and cores.
One of my favourite sweet treats is Little Apple Cakes but they are time consuming to make so I rarely go to the trouble. I understand completely why they are so expensive to buy at the bakery.
First I made a sweet shortcrust pastry
250g Sugar (1 Cup)
250g Butter (1 Cup)
and mixed until creamy. I then added
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
500 g Plain Flour (2 Cups)
Form a dough and chilled for 30 minutes.
You can then roll it out onto a floured mat and cut rounds. I use a big cutter for the base and a smaller one for the top and a greased small muffin pan. Once I place the bottom inside I then spoon in some apple to fill and then place the top on and press the edges down to seal.
I bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees celcius) for around 20 minutes. I leave them in the pan to cool slightly so that they are easy to lift out.
Once they cool I give them a little icing and sprinkle with cinnamon. Be warned they are
just delicious !
Autumn is always such a time of abundance in the garden and is a great time to stock up on homemeade tomato paste which I use all of the time as a base in my recipes.
The thermomix makes the process so much easier as I can cook a batch and leave it to do it's thing.
There is nothing better than homemade ! It is totally worth the effort.
Our hens are keeping us well stocked in daily eggs and currently I am picking a healthy handful of mini peppers and chillies every day. This coming week I will need to process these. Then in the coming weeks it will be time to strip out the garden beds and plant some autumn/winter crops. No doubt Henry will enjoy helping nanna do some of this next week.
Hugs - Fee x