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This pudding takes me back to my childhood, when I remember my mum serving us a bowl full of fragrant lemony apples stewed with sago and finished with pouring cream. It is simple to make, cheap to buy and will surely satisfy you on these cold nights.
500g apples (2-4) Granny Smith or a variety that is tart and mushy when cooked
½-¾ cup sugar
1 cups water
1¼ lemon, zest and juice to taste
¾ cup sago
cream or vanilla ice-cream to finish
Peel, core and cut the apples into bite-sized pieces. Place in a heavy-based saucepan and add sugar, water and lemon zest. Cook over moderate heat until the apples are tender.
Add the sago and stir well to combine. Lower the temperature and cook gently for a further 20 minutes, stirring frequently until the sago becomes tender and translucent.
Put into bowls and serve with cream or vanilla ice-cream.
NB: This goes beautifully with pears, rhubarb, quince and plums.
• Alison Lambert is one of the demonstrators at the Otago Farmers Market in Dunedin on Saturday mornings.