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Lindley Apple Day – Saturday 19 October

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Next Saturday Lindley village is celebrating Apple Day. Starting from 10am in the heart of Lindley there will be apple related activites for all the family, including:

# apple pressing – turn apples into fresh juice. If you’ve got spare apples and empty milk cartons bring them along to add to our collection.
# apple bobbing – using nothing but your teeth you’ll have 20 seconds to catch an apple
# apple pie competition – bake a homemade pie and bring it along before 1pm so we can crown our first Lindley Apple Pie Baker of the Year
# apple greetings card competition sponsored by Gift – design an apple inspired card and take it to Gift before 5pm Friday (under 12s only)

Full details on www.facebook.com/lindleyappleday or follow us on twitter @lindleyappleday

Hope to see you and your apples next Saturday!

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Apples, cider and calvados

My theme for this month’s afternoon tea is apples so I’ve been trying out some different recipes to serve. Today I thought I’d have a go at apple scones.

I’ve made apple scones before but I wanted to try baking them with cider. I wasn’t sure whether it would work but I thought the bubbles in the cider would help with the rise but I didn’t want to substitute all the milk and I had to be careful not to make them too wet.

My solution was to use sour cream instead of milk and then use the cider to give the right consistency.

My husband then came up with the idea of making calvados cream to go with them and randomly I found a jar of apple pie jam in the cupboard.

All in all I think the experiment worked. Let’s hope next week’s afternoon guests agree.

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