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Apple Puree Recipe For cakes, breakfasts, and pancakes – by Sarah Calcutt

It’s apple season! Sarah Calcutt, founding partner of Partners in Produce, Non-Exec Director of New Covent Garden Market, and City Harvest Food Council member, shares some of her favourite seasonal recipes with City Harvest.

Top tip when cooking with apples: keeping the skin in the mix keeps the fibre and lots of the nutritious value too.



  • 2 red apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of water

You will need a small saucepan with a lid. 


  1. Take two apples – Gala, Cameo, Worcester, Red Pippin, Early or Red Windsor, Red Prince (there are lots that cook into a puree well, varieties that are harder – Braeburn or Jazz, for instance, will need to be grated) cut into slices, remove the core and chop finely. 
  2. Cook on a gentle heat with the juice of a lemon. Cook with the lid on, stirring occasionally until you have a fine puree. 
  3. If you’re not using the puree immediately, chill and it will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

“This is an invaluable kitchen standard – have warm with honey on porridge, have with cream cheese on a bagel, add raisins and use as a pancake filling, fill a donut with some… the uses are endless, it’s not just a great baby weaning food.”

Sarah Calcutt

CEO, City Harvest

Sarah Calcutt, City Harvest Food Council member, Founding Partner of Partners in Produce, Non-Exec Director New Covent Garden Market and influential ambassador for fresh, British, seasonal produce.

City Harvest Food Council  From restauranteurs to retailers and farmers to financiers, our Food Council works with us to achieve our overall aims – Rescuing Food, People and Planet – through thought leadership, engaging with decision-makers and more. 

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