At Home In Normandy

As the season changes and the weather cools, it’s time to forget our summer diets and return to the food lover’s paradise of Normandy and the kitchen of our dear friend, Christine Descoueyte.

In this, the second part of our At Home in Normandy series, Christine shares some of her favourite apple recipes. “The apple is so typical of this region,” says Christine. “You cannot begin to imagine how many orchards there are here and how many different varieties of apple are grown in Normandy all year round. Some are grown to eat as fruit or for cooking but most of the apples are used for making cider, both at home, or in the many Calvados distilleries located around the area near to where I live in Deauville.

“Many painters over the years have depicted apple orchards from this region in their paintings. I hope you will enjoy cooking some of my favourite apple recipes and finding out more about the beautiful Calvados region of Normandy.”


Baked Apples                                         

Preparation time: 5 minutes

1 big pre-ripe apple per person

Butter, cut in cubes

Vanilla sugar

Raspberry, redcurrant jam or berries


  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Wash and remove the cores of the apples and place them in a baking tray.
  • Put the butter cubes on top of the apples.
  • Pour 1 glass of water into the baking tray and bake in oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, sprinkle with sugar and return to the oven to continue to bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and spread the apples with jam, sugar or berries, while still warm. Serve the baked apples either warm or cold with ice cream or cream.


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