Bramley apples are British classics, grown here and perfect for tangy recipes. We asked BritMums influencers to share their top dishes at our #BramleyApples Twitter chat. Below are their favourite recipes for tasty breakfasts, easy lunches, savoury dinners, and delectable desserts — with ideas for everything from kugel to pizza to stews, soups and tarts.
Bramley apples are ideal for cooking – they produce a melt-in-your-mouth texture and don’t lose their distinctive tangy flavour in cooking the way other apple varieties can. Phil Vickery calls Bramley the “the King of British apples” and Delia Smith calls herself “quite definitely a Bramley lover”. With 205 years of heritage, they are definitely the cook’s choice.
Bramley apple breakfast ideas
Easy homemade apple sauce – I love to cook #Bramleyapples down to a sauce, add a little sugar and a cinnamon stick, says @missielizzieb. To make the applesauce: Peel, slice and core 2-3 apples and put them in a pan over low heat with a knob of butter and 50g sugar. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes until you can stir the apples into a smooth sauce then serve. Keep a pot in the fridge and add it to your porridge, give children a small pot to eat with a spoon — you can even spread it on bread for a quick snack!
Apple kugel – Kugel is a traditional Jewish side dish but is a tasty breakfast alternative, says @Melaina25. Try her Grandmother’s noodle kugel recipe! or this spiced apple kugel that uses traditional matzo.
An apple smoothie – Bramley apples are always good for smoothies. The tartness of Bramleys cuts the sweetness of other fruit. No need to measure. ‘Just chop them up and bang them in a blender with yogurt,’ suggest @Falkirkgirl. You can also add blueberries, banana, smooth peanut butter, a dash of cinnamon, a bit of honey…or other favourite ingredients.
Fruity pancake fillings – Apples cooked with cranberries make a delicious pancake filling, suggests @suenatal. Try this version (also good for pies). We also love it with blueberries or just with cinnamon.
Grated onto muesli and granola – @JSO600 loves grated Bramleys in homemade muesli with oats, apple juice, yogurt, sultanas and flaked almonds. What could be easier than grabbing a tart apple to liven up your muesli or granola with fresh crisp flavour?
Inventive Bramley apple lunch recipes with cheese
Ploughmans lunch cheese with #Bramleyapples – This keeps it simple and healthy, and is a favourite of @thelifeofwife1.
Cheese and Bramley apple sandwiches – These two tastes complement each other and add texture to your regular fromage.
Bramley apple recipes with meat
Slow cooked Bramley apples and pork – A favourite of @ThreeBoysandCat. After a bit of prep, you can just set this to cook for a bit more than two hours and end up with a delicious family meal. Try the recipe.
Apple and bacon steamed suet pudding – @Keykno likes thinly sliced apples in bacon and onion steamed suet pudding. Add apples to this steamed suet pudding recipe (aka roly poly pudding) the traditional Victorian way!
Bramley apple cake recipes
Added to Christmas cake or fruit cake – My mum always used to put chopped apples in her fruit cakes @Keykno
Easy Bramley apple dessert recipes
Easy baked apples – @chickenpie75 reveals her method: Heat oven to 180, score the apples & stuff with mix of brown sugar, cinnamon & sultanas. Bake 40mins serve with cream.
Bramley apple snack recipes
Apple Crisps yummy with some added Cinnamon — crispy and healthier than usual supermarket ones @Falkirkgirl
A spiced loaf of bread with Bramley apples and walnuts @ThreeBoysandCat
Bramley apples are so incredibly versatile. They’re fab grated to make a buttermilk bread. Imagine that fresh hot with butter! @TweetieKaz
Bramley apple recipes for children
Easy apple traybake – @JanBagnall’s cheap and yummy traybake is a basic sponge mix on the bottom a layer of sliced apple, topped with more sponge!
Bramley apple and caramel pancakes – @HollyLeFitz4 says, ‘They’re the perfect indulgent treat.’
Bramley apple jams, sauces and butters
Apple sauce is not just for breakfast — ‘Bramley apples naturally make the one for Sunday roast pork,’ says @JSO600. This 15-minute apple sauce recipe enlists balsamic (or cider) vinegar for a bit of lift.
Spiced apple jelly – I love using Bramley apples to make this. Great to go with pork but my family also likes it on toast. @flossiecrossie. Try this Apple and Cranberry Jelly recipe, a spicy version with ginger, or this festive version with rosemary and chili flakes.
More delicious apple recipes!
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- Baking Round-up: Autumn
- 20 delicious seasonal apple bakes
Get more foodie recipes, inspiration and ideas in the Food area of our BritMums Magazine section.