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Two two-fruit recipes – plum and apple crumble, apple and quince sauce

We have recently launched our new Two-Tree Orchard Pack, designed for smaller gardens and offering the same symbiotic benefits of multiple trees as offered in our Standard Orchard Pack with five trees. The two-tree idea brings to mind the many traditional recipes made using two types of fruit. Here are a few examples of recipes that we have enjoyed for many years and have become firm family favourites. If you have some two-fruit recipes that you’d like to share with us and other readers, just reply as a comment to this post, or write to us at enquiries@realenglishfruit.co.uk. And if you’re interested in growing two of your favourite fruits, take a look at our web page dedicated to the Two-Tree Orchard Pack.

PLUM AND APPLE CRUMBLE

8 oz flour
4 oz butter
2 oz sugar
Dice the apples, remove the stones from the plums, and boil them briefly. Drain and place in an oven dish. Mix the flour and butter with your fingers, until it has reached a breadcrumb-like texture. Add the sugar. Spread on top of fruit, and cook in the oven at 180°C, until the topping has reached a pale brown colour. Mmmm, this is really delicious… whether on its own or accompanied by some custard or whipped cream.
Other fruit pairs can be used. For example, apple and pear, plum and peach, apple and apricot…

Variations:
Use 2 oz of porridge oats instead of flour. Chopped nuts can also be used.

Plum and apple crumble

Plum and apple crumble, photo courtesy of Edward Kimber/flickr.com

APPLE AND QUINCE SAUCE

1 quince
4 small apples
Half a pint of cider
3 oz sugar
1 oz butter
This is a great combination of the sweetness of apples and the complex tartness of quince. The recipe was used by the monks of Ampleforth Abbey in York. Peel, core and coarsely grate the fruit. Put the grated quince in a small saucepan, pour in the cider and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes until tender. Add the apple and simmer for 10 minutes longer. Stir well with a wooden spoon to make a thickish pulp. Add the sugar and cook gently until it has all dissolved. Stir well and add the butter. This sauce goes well with roast pork or goose.

The following recipe is made just with apple and other ingredients, but it’s such a wonderful and simple stuffing that we thought we’d include it.

NUTTY APPLE STUFFING

3 sticks of celery
1 green apple
3 oz of chopped nuts
1 large carrot
2 oz of butter
2 teaspoons of mixed herbs

Mince the celery, apple and carrot. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Remove from heat and add the other ingredients, mixing well. Season well and use to stuff breast of lamb or duck, goose, or the neck end of a turkey.

New Two-Tree Orchard Pack

Our company Suffolk Fruit & Trees has introduced a new product designed specifically for gardens in which there is insufficient space for the five trees in our Standard Orchard Pack. The Two-Tree Orchard Pack makes it possible to select varieties that are compatible as regards pollination, ensuring the best possible cropping results. We can provide advice to ensure that the two trees are suitable for your location, your site and your soil, and work together symbiotically.

Is your favourite dessert Plum and Apple Crumble? In this case, the Two-Tree Orchard Pack provides an opportunity to have your own ingredients. A whole range of combinations is possible, such as two eating apples, perhaps chosen to ensure a supply of apples over several months; or an eater and a cooker, or two pears, or apple and cherry…

With respect to our Standard Orchard Pack, there is an extra advantage: an attractive price, just £40 plus delivery.

If there is one variety that you are particularly interested in but you are unsure of the second pollinating tree, just let us know using the Two-Tree Orchard Pack no-obligation order form and we’ll suggest the ideal partner. If you like, you can just specify “Apple and pear,” “Pear and walnut” and so forth, and we’ll suggest the varieties. Or simply send us an email to enquiries@realenglishfruit.co.uk.