Apple Day

Apple Pie

Apple Day 2018

June 2018

The 25th Bramley Apple Festival in Southwell will be on Saturday 20 October 2018. Nottingham Federation of WIs has been involved with the Festival from the beginning so let us all celebrate our contribution by making this celebration Apple Day a really successful one. How can you help? Come to the Festival, visit the Minster Food Festival and while there visit the WI stall; come to the Bramley Centre (Southwell Library) to view the Competition in the afternoon; enter the competition  – there is a novice class for those who have never entered before and a co-operative class for a group of members to work on together; have a drink and a delicious treat from the WI refreshments; look at the painting competition entries and stay on for prize giving and the crowning of the Bramley King and Queen, Prince and Princess; wander round the shops and soak up the festive atmosphere. The 2018 Competition Schedule for each WI is in the June Hornblower enclosures. Ask your WI Secretary for the Schedule and feel free to copy it or call in to County House for your own copy.

Margaret Foss

Competition schedule, rules and entry form on County Office download page.


Bramley Apple Pies

  • Appearance: the pie can be decorated but may be left plain. If a glaze is used it should be applied evenly. The pie should be evenly baked.
  • Internal: the balance of pastry to filling is important, not too much pastry to apple. If flavourings are used they should be mixed evenly with the apple.
  • Taste: the flavour of the pastry must not overpower or 'fight' with the apple, some fats have a very strong flavour and the flavour of the filling is lost under this. If spices or other flavourings are used with the apple they should enhance the flavour of the apple, not overpower it
  • Baking: putting a baking sheet in the oven to heat up, and placing the pie directly onto that can assist the base to cook. If you cook the apple in advance ensure it is well drained and that it is cold when you put it in the pie.
  • Other baked entries: Lining papers should always be removed from the item before showing. The hints for the pies will be applicable for some other dishes cooked.
  • Preserves: The date the preserve was made MUST be written on a label on the jar. Jars should be filled to the top. Plastic or coated metal lids must be new and not have a wax disc under them. Curds must be covered with a wax disc and cellophane cover.

I hope this helps you when you are preparing your entries for any competition.

Margaret Foss