Amongst the road testing of the products, I must admit overall I love the knives made from Japanese MoV stainless steel blades, they are really, really sharp, very comfortable to use with a grip handle and make light work of chopping, even cauliflower! They all cut precisely and neatly and are a pleasure to use. They also look rather lovely in their solid beech block:
As I wanted test some more items, I made these lovely Apple and Blackberry crumbles for dessert, which I adapted slightly from this months Delicious magazine. The filling was mostly free as I picked the blackberries from a friends garden and the apples were donated from a family friends garden! You can use normal porridge oats, however I had run out so used a paw-ridge sachet to no ill effect!
Makes 2 individual pie dish sized puddings, Easy
2 Bramley apples, roughly 330g
35g caster sugar
1 tbsp dried cranberries
80g blackberries, frozen is fine
60g plain flour – I used Doves Farm gluten free version
1 sachet porridge oats, about 28g
30g Demerara sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Firstly, core and peel the apples. I tested the Twist ‘N’ Slide Apple Corer, I’ve not used a corer since I think I was back at school in food tech classes and it took me a few minutes to work out that this one was special, as after easily impaling the apple, you simply twist the handle, push down lightly and out pops the core! Far safer than getting your fingers wedged in it! Of course I realised afterwards the instructions were on the back of the packet! If I’m being honest, whilst it’s a nifty little toy I’m not sure I need a corer in my life, as I am perfectly happy just chopping an apple up, then removing the core, but if you like your gadgets then it’s a very good one!