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Winter Veg Sweeter after Frost

Did you know…?
…that most winter vegetables taste sweeter after a frost? They turn starch into sugars to prevent the water in their cells from freezing. Because there is another substance in addition to water in the cells, it makes it harder to freeze. The cells inside the vegetables have icy cold water but the water will not turn to ice.
Vegetables that taste sweeter after a frost include carrots, kale and Brussels sprouts.
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Best Apple Pie EVER!

Our apple trees are bursting with ripe juicy fruit …so now’s the time to make the best apple pie EVER!

Homegrown apples

Apple Pie recipe for 8 people


300 g flour
200 g butter
150 g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

1.5 kg Jonagold apples (I used homegrown Golden Rennet) chopped into big chunks or slices
1 small pot of apple puree
Large tablespoon cinnamon
2 cups raisins
a little sugar to taste

90 g flour
40 g brown caster sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar
40 g butter

Homegrown apples


Mix all the pastry ingredients together, knead the dough (if needed add a little bit of water) and leave the dough to rest in the fridge for half hour. Divide the dough across a 26 cm pie dish, press firmly. Make sure there is a sufficient dough up the sides.

Preheat the oven to 190 C. Add the apple slices in a baking pan and bake them for a few minutes (the apples will soften and some of the water will evaporate which will prevent soggy pastry. Make sure the apple doesn’t burn! Mix the apples with the apple puree, raisins and if necessary a little sugar. Add this to the pastry dish and press firmly.

Knead the flour, vanilla sugar and butter and make a crumbly dough. Add the caster sugar but hold off on the kneading. Divide the crumble evenly over the top of the apple pie. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 50 minutes, making sure the crumble topping is golden brown.


Apple pie