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Today is the day that we celebrate the nation’s favourite fruit, the apple. Yes, today is National Apple Day, an event which has taken place annually in the UK since 1990. As Britain comes together to honour this juicy delight, you too can join in with some of our favourite apple recipes.

Dorset Apple Cake

Dorset apple cake

Picture via Flickr. Recipe via Channel 4 Food.

Ingredients (serves 8):

  • 450g Bramley apples, peeled and sliced into 1cm pieces
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 225g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp Demerara sugar
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 200g clotted cream


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C/ Fan 160C/ gas 4. Grease a deep springform cake tin (23-24cm) and line with baking paper. Mix apples and lemon juice together.
  2. Whisk cream, butter, caster sugar and lemon zest until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add a little flour each time to keep mixture smooth.
  3. Sift in flour and baking powder then fold in almonds. Drain apple pieces and stir into mixture. Add mixture to baking tin and sprinkle on Demerara sugar. Bake for an hour or until golden and well-risen.
  4. Once baked, leave to cool for ten minutes in the tin. To serve, remove from tin and heavily sprinkle with caster sugar. Best served warm with a scoop of clotted cream.


Sausage, Apple and Leek Pie

Sausage, apple and leek pie

Recipe from BBC Good Food

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 3 sliced leeks
  • 1 peeled, sliced apple
  • 8 pork sausages
  • 200ml stock
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 375g shortcrust pastry, ready-rolled
  • 1 beaten egg


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/ Fan 180C/gas 6. Fry sausages until browned then take out of pan and leave to one side. Remove fat from pan then add leeks and cook for 8-10 mins. Add apple and cook for 1 min more. Add flour then mustard. Pour in stock and leave to bubble for 2 mins to make the sauce.
  2. Cut sausages into small pieces and stir into pan. Transfer everything into large ovenproof dish. Top with pastry and glaze with egg. Put in oven and cook for 25 mins until golden.


Toffee Apples

Toffee Apples

Via Flickr. Recipe via BBC Good Food

Ingredients (serves 8):

  • 8 apples
  • 400g golden caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 8 lollipop sticks or skewers
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • Food colouring if desired


  1. Take apples and place in large bowl (you may have to use two bowls) then cover in boiling water to remove waxy coating. This will also help the caramel to stick. Dry and remove stalks. Firmly push stick or skewer into each apple.
  2. Add sugar to a pan along with 100ml water and set on medium heat. Cook for 5 mins until sugar dissolves then add syrup and vinegar. Use a sugar thermometer to test the temperature- you want it to be about 140C. At this point, add food colouring if desired and swirl around until fully absorbed.
  3. Dip each apple into the hot toffee until covered, working quickly to avoid the toffee cooling and hardening in the pan. Place apples on baking parchment after coating. Leave toffee to cool before eating.

So there you have it, maybe you’ve been inspired to bake a Dorset Apple Cake for the family this weekend? Why not go one step further and treat your family to a Dorset Apple Cake in one of our Dorset holiday cottages? How about the Sausage, Apple and Leek Pie which would make the perfect evening meal in one of our country cottages after an autumn day spent wandering the hills? Perhaps you’re getting excited for Halloween and feel inclined to have a go at making some Toffee Apples. Whatever you’re doing this rainy Monday, we hope that we’ve encouraged you to get in the spirit and cook up some tasty treats this National Apple Day.

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