Michael Weldon's top 5 tips with apples and pears

Apples and pears deliver on both flavour and texture in sweet or savoury dishes. Coles ambassador Michael Weldon suggests quick tips and flavour matches to help you get the most out of these in-season fruits. 

Michael Weldon in the ktichen

Michael Weldon: “An apple and pear crumble is a quick and delicious way to serve these two fruits together.”

Jazz up a slaw

Add apple to your classic coleslaw to add fresh flavour and crisp texture. Simply cut an apple into match sticks then add to the usual slaw suspects: cabbage, carrot and spring onion. I like to add a splash of apple cider vinegar to slaw dressing to pump up the apple flavour.

A match made in heaven

Apples go perfectly with pork, from apple sauce with a pork roast to a pork chop with apple salad, or even grated apple in a sausage roll. Apples make pork better! For the perfect apple sauce cook peeled apples in a saucepan with approximately 2 tablespoons of butter and enough cream to just cover until the apples are falling apart. Season to taste with a pinch of salt and a splash of apple cider vinegar, if you like. Blend until smooth.

Crumble duo

An apple and pear crumble is a quick and delicious way to serve these two fruits together. Dice the apples and pears the same size and sprinkle with sugar. Top with a crumble mix made from 2 parts flour to 1 part butter and 1 part sugar (rub the butter into the flour). Bake until golden and bubbling. You will get two different textures from the fruit which makes the crumble even more interesting.

Apples and woody herbs

I love pairing apples with thyme or rosemary. A few sprigs in caramel when you make your next tarte tatin will wow your dinner guests. You can also make an apple and rosemary rosti by combining them with some potato: grate potato and apple, squeeze out any excess liquid, season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle through the rosemary. Cook in a frypan with butter, flipping halfway until both sides are golden and the centre is cooked through.

Go Korean with *Nashi pears

In Korean cooking Nashi pear is used to help tenderise protein in marinades. To make a marinade for pork, chicken or fish: Combine nashi pear juice with gochujang (Korean chilli paste), sesame oil, soy sauce, a sprinkle of brown sugar and extra chilli if you want to fire things up. Cook it on your barbie for Korean barbecue at home.

Perfect flavour matches for pears

  • Star anise
  • Blue cheese
  • Red wine
  • Dark chocolate
  • Walnuts
  • Perfect flavour matches for apples:
  • Pork
  • Rosemary
  • Berries
  • Walnuts
  • Fennel

*Nashi pears are available in selected Coles stores nationally.