With the English onion and apple season running simultaneously this recipe combines both of these crops to make a satisfying autumnal dish.  Cheddar, Caerphilly or a local goat’s cheese also provide pleasing results

Serves 4




4 large onions

225g Bramley apples (or a sharp eating apple)

100g fresh breadcrumbs

100g cheese crumbled or grated

50g butter



  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
  2. Peel the onions, then cook them in a large pan of boiling water for 15 minutes.  Drain and allow to cool.
  3. Remove the middle of the onions, leaving a few layers as an outside shell.
  4. Chop up the scooped out onion.
  5. Peel, core and dice the apples into small pieces.
  6. Mix the chopped onion with the breadcrumbs, apple and cheese.
  7. Press the mixture into the onion shells.
  8. Place the onions in an ovenproof dish, dotting the top of each with a little butter.
  9. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
  10. Serve with warm crusty bread.