It has been a rather stressful couple of days as sadly the new puppy (Hetti) has not been well… Yesterday we had to take her to the vet as she was just not keeping anything down which was a little worrying. The vet asked to keep her over the course of the afternoon so that he could take x-rays, monitor her and then decide the best course of action. After a frustrating afternoon of not being able to do anything we called him to see how she was progressing – fortunately she was a lot better having been given various jabs and medicine and we could take her home. On opening the vet’s door you could immediately tell our little pup was better as you could hear her howling at the top of her lungs, clearly unimpressed at having been put in a cage. Seeing us arrive, the receptionist dashed out to get Hetti informing us that she had held her for the majority of the afternoon as it would appear she is a bit of an attention seeker and does not like to be left alone… I am pleased to say that she a lot better today and has been trying to play with the other dogs who really don’t know what to make of her.
Below is a recipe for a baked apple parcel, it is very easy to make and a great pudding to have after a roast. The apple cooks within its flaky pastry casing and becomes soft and fluffy whilst the mincemeat filling adds a slight sweetness. I served this pudding with a little custard however it would taste just as nice with cream or ice cream.
Baked Apple Parcel
Ingredients: (makes 4)
- 1 packet of puff pastry
- 4 medium sized cooking apples (peeled and cored, but left whole)
- 8-9 heaped tsp mincemeat
- 4tbsp brown sugar
- milk (to glaze)
1. Preheat oven to 180C fan.
2. Roll out the puff pastry so that it is 2-3mm thick. Scatter over the brown sugar.
3. Stuff each of the apples with the mincemeat.
4. Cut the pastry into 4 equal sized pieces.
5. Place an apple on each of the pieces of pastry, carefully wrap the apple in the pastry bring it together at the top. Seal the apple in the pastry as best as possible.
6. Once all the apples are wrapped in pasty, brush a little milk over them. Place in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes by which time the pastry should be golden brown and the apple cooked. Serve with a little custard.