This month, the Grazer, aka Anna Hedworth of Cook House, Ouseburn, Newcastle, is using up her apple tree glut in a wonderful apple and cardamom tart.
The one thing that always thrives at the allotment are the apple trees; we don’t have to do anything and without fail every year they are laden with fruit. Last year we pruned them right back, but once again they’ve gone wild; huge boughs laden with fruit bending over the paths and other people’s allotments. We had six Ikea bags full of apples from two small trees last year, so I’m always looking for ways to use them up.
I love this tart – it’s so easy and delicious, the pastry is rich and buttery and the sweet, warm apples are coated in thick sugary syrup perfumed with deep cardamom spice.
I can’t think of anything better for pudding on a chilly autumnal day. Just add a dollop of cream…