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Bramley Apples Bord Bia World Pi Day

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Free Bramley’s available for apple pie bakers!

World Pi(e) Day is celebrated around the world on March 14th .

Bord Bia and Con Traas of Irish Apple Growers Association have teamed up to mark the occasion. To celebrate the day in Ireland this year they are calling for Irish consumers to take part in the #IrishApplePieChallenge. Consumers are encouraged to visit a local farmers’ market to collect free apples and bake an apple pie for a friend. Entering the challenge by sharing a photo of the pie or exchange on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag above on or before World Pi Day, participants will be in with a chance of winning a two nights stay at Catherine Fulvio’s 4* Ballyknocken House, Farm and Cookery School. Winners, selected at random, will be treated to breakfast each morning, a four course meal served on both nights with pre-dinner sherry, and a half day cookery class at the famous school. 

Bramley’s are one-of-a-kind apples and one of few types used in cooking nowadays. Ireland grows 1/3 of the world’s supply of Bramley apples, and is proud of its oldest orchard trees that are more than 200 years old. Five and a half thousand tonnes of Bramleys are sold at retail level every year worth an estimated €9 million. Nearly 40% of sales are to consumers aged 65+. There are 34 Bramley Apple growers in Ireland, each sharing a production area of 314 hectares.

Get Your Free Apples:

Apples will be given away free at the following times and venues while stocks lasts:

Date

Time

County

Venue

9-11th

9.30am – 6pm

Clare

The Grainey, Scarriff

9th

10am – 3pm

Cork

Mahon Point Farmers’ Market

10th

9am – 2pm

Cork

Clonakilty Farmers’ Market

11th

10am – 2pm

Cork

Douglas Farmers’ Market

11th

9am – 1.30pm

Cork

Midleton Farmers’ Market

10-11th

10am – 6pm

Dublin

Keelings Farm Shop, St. Margarets

11th

9.30am – 4pm

Dublin

H2G Market, Glasnevin

11th

10am – 5pm

Dublin

Temple Bar Market

12th

11am – 4pm

Dublin

Peoples’ Park Market Dun Laoghaire

8th

10am – 4pm

Dublin

Stillorgan Farmers’ Market

10th

10am – 3pm

Dublin

Leopardstown Market

11th

10am – 4pm

Dublin

Marley Park Market

11th

9am – 2pm

Limerick

Killowen Orchard Farm & Flower Stall

11th

11am – 4pm

Louth

The Cottage Market

10-11th

9am – 6pm

Meath

New Barn Farm, Dublin Road, Ashbourne

6-13th

10am – 6pm

Tipperary

The Apple Farm, Moorstown, Cahir

6-13th

9am – 6pm

Tipperary

Country Choice, Kenyon Street, Nenagh

11th

9am – 1pm

Tipperary

Cahir Farmers’ Market, Castle Street Car Park

9-11th

10am – 4pm

Tipperary

The Green Sheep, Thurles

10th

10am – 5pm

Waterford

Killowen Orchard Farm Shop, near Portlaw

10th

10am – 4pm

Waterford

Crinnaghtaun Farm at Cappoquin Estate, Dungarvan Road, Cappoquin

10th

9am – 12pm

Wexford

Ballycross Apple Farm, Bridgetown, Co. Wexford


Apple Pie with Custard Recipe

Bramley Apples Bord Bia World Pi Day

From The Nation’s Favourite Food by Neven Maguire via www.bordbia.ie

Ingredients

Pastry:

  • 225g plain flour, extra for dusting
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 100g butter, diced and chilled
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2-3 tbps ice-cold water

Filling:

  • 900g Bramley cooking apples
  • 100g caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Good pinch ground cloves/4 whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp milk

Custard:

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • ½ vanilla pod, split in half and seeds scraped out
  • 300ml milk
  • 100ml cream

To Cook

  1. To make the pastry: Sift the flour and icing sugar into a bowl. Using a round-bladed knife or the tips of your fingers, work in the butter and then mix in the egg yolks. Add the ice-cold water until the dough just comes together. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F/gas mark 5). Lightly dust the work surface with flour.
  3. Divide the pastry into 2 portions, one slightly larger than the other, then roll out the larger piece until it is about 30cm in diameter. Use to line a 20cm pie dish or a 23cm flat plate, gently pressing into the corners. Trim the edges with a knife and reserve the excess for decorating. Place back in the fridge to chill while you prepare the apples.
  4. Peel, core and slice the apples. Place in a large bowl with all but 1 tablespoon of the caster sugar. Add the cinnamon and cloves and mix together. Brush the edge of the pastry with a little milk and then pile the apples into the lined pie dish. Roll out the second piece of pastry into a circle slightly larger than the pie dish and use to cover the apples. Press the edges together to seal, then use a sharp knife to cut away any excess.
  5. Crimp the edges of the tart with a round-bladed knife, using your fingers as a guide. If you wish roll out the pastry scraps and cut into leaf shapes. Brush the shapes with milk and stick on top of the pie. Brush the entire top of the pastry with milk and sprinkle over the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes, then reduce the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas mark 4) and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. 
  6. Meanwhile, to make the custard, place the egg yolks in a large bowl with the sugar and vanilla seeds. Whisk with an electric mixer for a few minutes, until pale and thickened.
  7. Place the milk and cream in a medium pan and bring to the boil, then immediately remove from the heat. Gradually whisk the heated milk and cream into the egg yolk mixture until smooth, then pour back into the pan and place over a gently heat. Cook gently for 6-8 minutes on a medium heat, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon. Keep warm.

Serving Suggestions

To serve, cut the warm apple tart into slices and arrange on warmed serving places with some of the custard. Pour the remaining custard into a jug and hand around separately. 

For more information see www.bestinseason.ie/whats-in-season/world-pi-day/ or www.fb.com/Freeapplesfortarts

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