Enjoy the fruits of your labours
THE great British apple will be honoured this month at a variety of Mid Devon events this autumn.
Killerton House, near Silverton, will host a fun-packed Cider and Apple Weekend on October 20 and 21 to celebrate the apples and orchards on the estate.
Visitors can witness Killerton's 200-year-old hand-cranked cider press in action as well as take part in cider and apple juice tasting, apple picking, an orchard trail and crafts for children.
Felicity Boucher, visitor services officer at Killerton, said: "It's the first time we've done something as big as this. We've held the event for five years and last year we were inundated with people who came to press their apples, which is why we made it a two-day event this year."
The apple fun will run between 11am and 5pm. Entry is free for National Trust members or costs £2 for adults, £1 for children or £5 for families.
As part of the Blackdown Hills Transition Group's apple days, Stentwood Farm in Dunkeswell is hosting a day of delicious fun on Sunday, October 28, inviting people to bring a handful, bagful or bucketful of apples along on the day.
People will find an array of entertainment at the free event, which runs between 10am and 4pm, including apple games, baked treats, live music and a camp fire.
Rosie Paris, from Stentwood Farm, said: "This is the first time we've had an apple day, we are really looking forward to it. We are having apple pressing and pasteurising but it's been bad weather for crops this year so we are asking people to bring their own apples as we won't have enough of our own."
Eggesford Gardens, near Crediton, will host an Apple and Cider Fair where ciders, juices, ales, wines and other produce will be available to sample and buy.
Centre owner Derrick Dyer said: "The apple and cider fair is the most popular of our autumn events and a real favourite with customers new and old."
The event, running between 11am and 4pm on October 13-14, will also boast a selection of fruit trees for sale, along with help and advice on choosing the right variety for gardens.
AN apple cake is another great way to use up this year's crop.
Heat your oven to 180C, peel and core 2lbs of apples before cutting into small chunks.
Mix two large eggs with half a pound of self-raising flour and half a pound of sugar in a bowl, then melt half a pound of butter or baking margarine and add slowly. Add another half a pound of self raising flour to the mix.
Line two 7ins square cake tins and pour some of the mixture into the base of the tins. Cover with sultanas and cinnamon before adding a layer of chopped apples. Cover with the remaining mixture, then cook for 40 minutes or until cooked. Serve warm with ice cream.