Apple Day Recipes

Apple custard cake Parisienne, slicedToday is the day to celebrate the wonderful variety and bounty that apples give us.

To help us celebrate, here’s a list of some of my favourite recipes.

Apple recipes

Apple cider vinegar
A doddle to make, very healthy for you and lots of fun. You can use damaged apples, or scraps. So this is a great way of using every apple you have.

Blackberry, apple & chilli chutney
Beware, this is addictive. You use two of the season’s great fruits. The more you make, the longer you can enjoy.

Apple, almond and date cake
One of my most favourite cakes courtesy of my mum-in-law. With some great examples of other people’s results from this recipe.

Apple custard cake parisienne
Crispy, spicy, custardy. It’s a joy to eat.

Apple wine
And what better way to celebrate than with this easy to make wine recipe?

I hope you like these, What’s your favourite?




14 responses to “Apple Day Recipes”

  1. Diana Dredge Avatar
    Diana Dredge

    Hello Carl — thanks for great site — we are on 12 acres in Pembrokeshire so we’re practically neighbours! I have made the Apple Wine on your Apple Day post and have just strained off the apples/sultanas after 12 days of lively fermentation ( I think I added too much yeast!) and I now have a couple of questions….
    1)now it is strained it seems to have stopped bubbling — I strained it mostly though pillow cases as there was so much of it – about 25 litres…..
    2) I tried taking SG readings – it seemed it might have been around 1060 start and now is 1000 or less which would indicate a low ABV – around 9% or less which means it won’t keep so well.
    So my questions are: Do you know what ABV the wine should be? should I add more sugar/restart a fermentation to increase alcohol? Or just leave it so it’ll be like a weaker wine or a v strong cider? It is in a warm (20degree) room). Tastes a bit like a sharp cider at present….Any help, hints, tips greatly appreciated!! πŸ™‚ Diana

    1. Carl Avatar

      Hi Diana, I’m waving down the coast at you πŸ™‚

      It’s difficult to add too much yeast, the lively fermentation mainly a function of the sugars and your temperature.

      A SG below 1000 does show the sugar has been coverted to alcohol and your % ABV is about there. So you’ve made a strong cider πŸ™‚

      The ABV from the recipe very much depends on the amount of sugar in the apples. This will depend on variety, the soil and how the season has been for sun etc. To make the recipe simple and accessible, I didn’t go into SG calculations…

      So. If you leave as is you’ll have a strong cider/weak wine which can/should be drunk young over the next year. Which is no tragedy. You could restart the fermentation. To get to about 11% ABV you would need to add about 305g sugar for each 5 litres of wine. Then start the ferment off in a small batch using a starter bottle and gradually add more of the low % wine. I gave Kirsty instructions how to do this on my blackberry wine recipe here

      Then ferment out until you once again have an SG of <1000 and you are sorted.

      Let me know how you get on or if anything is not clear πŸ™‚

      And thanks for you kind comments about my site, I really appreciate the encouragement πŸ˜€


      1. Diana Avatar

        Thank you for the quick reply…… we are now debating whether to have strong cider or weak wine … a great debate for a Friday!! And the links very useful… I had read that post on your site and was already thinking along those lines. We find your site very useful as we are townies moved to Pembrokeshire to live the dream (2 years ago) and knowing nothing about smallholding and little more about gardening/growing veg — there’s only so much you can do in a 30ft town garden! — so your site is always one we check out for recipes/ideas/experience…. thanks and yes please keep it going!! πŸ™‚ Will let you know what we decide and how it goes…. will send some up by boat! πŸ™‚

        1. Carl Avatar

          Thanks Diana – we were you just a few years ago πŸ˜‰ I really appreciate the encouragement and will keep going πŸ˜€

          You could always divide the 25 litres and do some as a referment and keep some as cider – best of both worlds πŸ˜‰


  2. VP Avatar

    PS I’ve added a link to here from my ‘Take 1 bag of windfalls’ recipe post from a couple of weeks ago. Always good to have even more apple recipes to select from πŸ™‚
    Happy apple day!

    1. Carl Avatar

      Hi Michelle

      Hope you enjoy the vinegar and thanks very much for the link πŸ™‚

      A bargain fruit harvest this year


  3. VP Avatar

    It’s a windfall cake and dessert apple jelly day here. I like the look of your apple cider vinegar for afters tho’ πŸ™‚

  4. Marie-Claire Micuta (@nouveaucakes) Avatar

    Great selection of recipes – we’ve shared the link on the Lindley Apple Day facebook page (

    1. Carl Avatar

      Thanks very much, hope you had a great Apple Day πŸ™‚

  5. Carol Avatar

    Many thanks! Am looking for things to do with glut of apples. I will try the chutney. I will also make some apple sauce!

    1. Carl Avatar

      Great stuff Carol – let me know how it goes πŸ™‚


  6. lindaswildlifegarden Avatar

    scrummy and yummy and Awesome Carl many thanks for sharing

  7. Layla Wafiyyah Avatar

    Wonderful recipes! May I express my appreciation for them!

    1. Carl Avatar

      Thanks Layla πŸ™‚