Granny Smith are Australian

Granny Smith are Australian

Granny Smith apples originated in Australia in 1868 by Maria Ann (Granny) Smith in Tasmania. We celebrate them annually in Eastwood at the Granny Smith Festival.

They have a tart flavour good for the quick snack and for cooking. They are in season now in Bilpin.

Here are some recipes.

Balsamic Apple Salad

Seared Salmon or Herring Fillets with Granny Smith Vinaigrette

Granny Smith Apple Brownies  (For the kids to make)

Balsamic Apple Salad
Recipe type: Salad
  • 1 large handful of mesculun (mixed lettuce)
  • 120g of green beans, steamed but crunchy
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • Handful of chopped walnuts
  • 225g fresh mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  1. Wash, drain mesculun and put into salad bowl. Steam the beans, cool in cold water and cut diagonally into 2cm slices and add to bowl. Toss sliced apple into the salad bowl with the greens.
  2. Add onion a handful of chopped walnuts/almonds, mozzarella cheese.
  3. In a separate bowl add ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar then mix in ⅓ cup of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix gently. Pour this over the salad and toss gently or keep to the side so it can be added individually.

Seared Salmon or Herring Fillets with Granny Smith Vinaigrette
Seared Salmon or Herring Fillets with Granny Smith Vinaigrette
Recipe type: Fish
  • 2 whole filleted salmon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • flour for dredging
  • Vinaigrette
  • ½ Granny Smith apple, cored and finely diced (skin on)
  • 2 tbs plus 2 tsp white-wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs plus 2 tsp hazelnut oil (substitute olive oil)
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh tarragon plus tarragon leaves for garnish
  1. Place a frypan over high heat and heat until very hot, about 5 minutes.
  2. Cut the fillets into 4 portions. Season it with salt and pepper, then flour lightly with instant flour.
  3. When the pan is hot, add all the fillets turning frequently to make sure they don't stick, about 2 minutes per side. Remove when just cooked.
  4. To make the vinaigrette:
  5. In a bowl, beat together the apple, the vinegar, the hazelnut oil, and the 2 teaspoons of chopped tarragon.
  6. To serve, divide fillets among 4 plates. Top with diced apples removed from the vinaigrette with a slotted spoon. Pour the remainder of the vinaigrette over and around the fish. Garnish with fresh tarragon leaves.

Granny Smith Apple Brownies  (For the kids to make)
Granny Smith Apple Brownies (For the kids to make)
Recipe type: Cake
  • 1½ tbs butter
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 Granny Apples, chopped
  • ¾ cup Nuts
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1½ cup Flour
  • ¾ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¾ tsp Baking powder
  • ¾ tsp Cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven 190C.
  2. Cream margarine, sugar and eggs. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon; mix well. Stir in apples and nuts. Bake at for 40 minutes.


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