Baking Apple Pie tonight

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Sue G

Baking Apple Pie tonight

Yesterday i was flicking through some old cookery books and saw a photo of Lovely deep Apple Pie.

I then thought, last time i ate or made Apple Pie was in the UK, that was over 10 years ago. We make Apple tarts but not pie.

Going out later to buy some Apples, to make one for tonight. Might even make some fresh custard to go with it.

I also used to make in the UK loads of stews, pasta bakes never make them here.

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Chrissie

Hmmmm.....Apple pie.

Food for thought Sue. I happen to have a bowl full of apples and was wondering what to do with them so it's apple pie here tonight as it's such a long time since I have made one. I miss not been able to buy cooking apples in France though and having to use eating apples instead. We still have 3 or 4 pumpkins left that we grew ourselves so I am also making pumpkin soup and also a casserole....comfort food, ideal for this cold snap. Oh and I am also making a Bakewell tart for one of our elderly neighbours. Busy day for me today I think.

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Sue G

Apple pie




Hi Chrissie,
I had to buy Golden all they had in Lidl's. Mother in Law buys big ugly Apples from the Market, i should ask her what they are called, you need to cook them as they are so bitter.

My Pumpkins didn't grow, i planted some seedling and seeds. Think my soil is not good. Sister in laws farmer boyfriend gave us some. Made some lovely curry pumpkin soup.

I do like Bakewell tart, will add that to my Bake list, Once in the UK, we visited some friend and bought Bakewell pies, they were to die for. Just the same taste as a tart except these were about 3 inches high. Trouble is i can't remember where we went.

Hope you didn't have much snow down your end.
keep warm

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Saffy

Apple Pie

MIL always makes the best apple pies. Her pastry is lovely and light. I prefer to make a tarte tatin, it's the only thing I use my Le Creuset frying pan for!

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Chrissie

Apple pie/Apples.

Hi Sue,

Would really appreciate it if you could find out from your Mother-in-Law the type of apples that she buys from the market.

Such a pity you are having problems growing pumpkins, as you say perhaps it is the soil. We do not have such problems here and are lucky enough to be able to grow most things. The pumpkin soup that I make is with chillies & creme fraiche -a BBC Good Food recipe and the Bakewell tart was a Britain's Best Dish recipe and a favourite with my friends here.

We did have quite a bit of snow here, which has now gone and as we live in the mountains we were not able to get out and about for a couple of days but it was no problem as we always ensure that we have plenty of supplies in at this time of the year as our nearest Intermarche & Super U is a 98 kilometre round trip. However we do have a Utile in the village that sells the basics.

Yes we are keeping warm, we have a wood burning stove and oil fired central heating. Hope you are managing to keep warm also.

Have already prepared the casserole and am just about to make the horseradish dumplings. Husband was in England on business just before Christmas and bought back several boxes of beef suet so I was also able to make mince pies......another firm favourite with my friends.

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Biggles !

Apple Pie / Apples

I tend to buy the 'Canadian' apple in the French supermarkets; has a brown skin but is good in cooking. Had a bumper crop of Butternut Squash this year; should see us through till Easter.

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Chrissie

'Canadian' apples.

Will keep my eyes open for 'Canadian' apples Biggles although I do not recall ever seeing them in the Supermarkets in this area. Where about in France do you live?

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Biggles !

Chrissie

Hi Chrissie, I live in the very north of the Haute Vienne, sort of between Montmorillon (dept 86) and Le Dorat (dept 87). The supermarkets have changed enormously in the 5 years we have been here. It is now easy to get fresh milk, impossible when we first arrived. I can also by Atora suet in many of the supermarkets too; let me know if I can ever send you some. I love making mincemeat. Sue G knows how to contact me. It's a bit sad but many of the shops have a 'British' section now. Whereabouts are you ?

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Chrissie

Biggles..........

Hi Biggles,

The village where we live is in South Aveyron -Dept. 12 in the Parc Regional Des Grands Causses and on the borders of Tarn -Dept. 81

We are the only Brits in the village and there are not many Brits in the area as a whole.

When we moved here 6 years ago we could not buy fresh milk and although we can now it is still not in plentiful supply. The area we live in is extremely hilly, sheep country and no cows and the ewes milk is sent to Rocquefort (which is not that far away from us) to make cheese. If ever you are this way a visit to the Roquefort caves where the cheese is matured is highly recommended. We have some friends, old neighbours of ours when we used to live in the U.K. who have just had a house built in Piegut-Pluviers in the Dordogne -Dept. 24

At the moment we still have several boxes of Atora Beef Suet in stock but will bear you in mind as and when our stocks run dry.

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Biggles !

Atora suet

I made Delia's S&K pie over the weekend because some friends had come over. I've been trying to explain to my French neighbour about suet, they have no idea. As a child I used to grate the stuff from the cow for Mum to make S&K puddings on winter Saturdays. Your area sounds idyllic Chrissie xxx

 
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