An apple a day….

Poached apples with chantilly cream. What more could you want on a sunny day?

This is so simple and yet the flavours with the cream are divine. Who needs big gateaux, sticky puddings or rich tarts ,when a bowl of juicy apples and syrup does the trick!

Nigel Slater does it again with uncomplicated style.

POACHED APPLE WITH GINGER AND STAR ANISE

Serves 3

3 peeled, cored and halved dessert apples
juice of half a lemon
unfiltered apple juice 400ml
golden caster sugar 2 tablespoons tbsp
star anise 2 whole pieces
preserved ginger 40g, sliced into coins
syrup from the ginger jar 4 tbsp

Simmer whole lot together for about 15 – 20 minutes until a skewer goes cleanly through
Place apples in serving dish
Boil syrup and pour over

I served warm with a Chantilly cream made by whisking 300ml double cream until thickened with 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste and 1 tbsp icing sugar.

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