Apple-tastic way to use up leftovers! New, free cookbook to be launched at the Bramley festival

Apple-tastic way to use up leftovers
New, free cookbook to be launched at the Bramley festival
Fruit and vegetables make up a massive 40 per cent of the food we throw away, estimated to cost each family up to £700 a year – which helped inspire Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractors) to launch a new ‘Love Your Leftovers’ sustainable cookery book.
These recipes, which also include hints and tips from residents across the county, aim to help families save money and cut down on waste by encouraging them to make tasty treats using leftovers.
A couple of delicious recipes from the new book will be demonstrated throughout the day at the Bramley Festival in Southwell. (Saturday 22 October)
We throw away a staggering 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten.
The idea for creating a new Nottinghamshire sustainable cookery book came on the back of the last year’s local ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ roadshows. Many attendees were keen to share their own ideas after watching demonstrations on how to reduce food waste.  So as an alternative to cookbooks featuring expensive ingredients, Veolia compiled the new sustainable cookbook featuring recipes , together with hints and tips from residents from across the county.
The cookbook can be downloaded from, and printed copies will be available to pick up from the Bramley Festival.
Victoria Thacker from Veolia said: “There are so many ways to make sure that food doesn’t get wasted, and that fruits - such as apples - don’t get left in the bowl or become one of the 4.4 million apples that get wasted every day in the UK.  Nothing beats the crunch of a toffee apple on a crisp autumnal evening, so this is a fantastic way to use up any apples by turning them into this unique version of a crumble.” 
Toffee Apple Crumbles
Use up any variety of dessert apples in this delicious recipe from Love Food Hate Waste, which incorporates a quick toffee sauce and is topped off with a crispy crumble made from a leftover doughnut.
They take 20 Minutes to prepare and 25 Minutes to cook.
Toffee sauce Ingredients

  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 100ml double cream
  • 15g butter

Crumble Ingredients

  • 1 ring doughnut
  • 1 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 4 dessert apples such as Golden Delicious or Pink Lady
  • 25g raisins


  • To make the toffee sauce, place the ingredients into a small saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly until the sauce has thickened and coats the back of the spoon. Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool.
  • For the crumble tear the doughnut then place in a food processor and blitz until it resembles fine breadcrumbs, alternatively use a grater. Place the doughnut crumbs into a small mixing bowl and rub in the butter.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160° Fan /Gas 4. Remove the apple cores using a corer then score around the circumference of each apple with a small, sharp knife. Cut a thin slice from the top and bottom of each apple to produce a flat surface and place the apples in a small baking tin.
  • Mix the raisins with tbsp. of toffee sauce then fill the centre of each apple with the mixture. Spread a thin layer of toffee on top of each apple then pile the crumble mixture on top, pressing down lightly to ensure the crumble sticks.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until the apple is tender and the topping is golden and crisp. Serve warm with a drizzle of toffee sauce.

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