Bramley Apple Snow with Pecan Snaps

Bramley Apple Snow with Pecan Snaps

My amazing friend Sue has an incredible Bramley apple tree in her garden.  Every year it produces a beautiful crop of apples and this year has apparently been a bumper crop for some reason.  She generously gives apples away to anyone who pops over and everyone leaves with a bag full of organic homegrown cooking apples.  WOOHOO!!!

Being South African I had only ever read about Bramley apples in recipes because they are almost exclusively British.  They are incredibly tart so are not very tasty eaten raw, but when cooked they become delicious and tasty, still with a fresh tart taste which is why they are so popular for crumbles and cakes.  They also cook down to a soft fluffy texture as opposed to Granny Smith Apples that remain firmer.

So why did I choose to make snow with my stash of apples??  In all honesty, crumble is a recipe that I’m still mastering.  I have cooked numerous crumbles in my day but have yet to come up with the perfect topping, that is crunchy and chewy AND cakey!  Snow is also pretty darn retro right??!!  I remember having snow as little girl at Grandma’s Sunday lunches, it was more tinned peaches with a dollop of sweet white sugary fluff on top, but regardless it still brings back good memories.

So, traditionally snow is made with whipped cream, sugar and egg whites, but I chose to swap the cream for a gut healthier kefir quark.  Quark is similar in taste and texture to greek yoghurt but has double the amount of protein, less sodium and the brand that I use contains live kefir cultures.  If you can’t find quark in your local stores then either substitute with whipped coconut cream, regular cream or coconut yoghurt.

The pecan snaps are the perfect partner to dunk into the snow.  On it’s own the snow is rather tart and a little boring, you get the feeling it is missing something.  Dunk a pecan snap and the whole dish changes, the flavour combination of the apple and pecan is honestly utterly heavenly.

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Bramley Apple Snow with Pecan Snaps
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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 6

Bramley Apple Snow with Pecan Snaps


    Bramley Apple Snow
  • 350g peeled, cored and chopped Bramley apples (around 3 med sized apples) Or Granny Smith apples
  • 150g tub quark (I use Bio-tiful Dairy from Waitrose yoghurt section)
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp raw local honey
  • 2 egg whites - whipped stiff


    To make the Snow
  1. In a saucepan on a medium heat, combine the apple pieces, lemon zest and juice and raw honey.
  2. Cook for approx 8-10 stirring regularly scrapping the bottom of the pot as the apple breaks down and releases steam (if using Granny Smith they will take longer to cook).
  3. Once the apple chunks have softened and broken down, remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  4. Once cool, blend into a smooth paste.
  5. Whip the quark into the cooled apple paste and then fold through the whipped egg whites.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
    To Make the Pecan Snaps
  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC
  2. In food processor, blitz the pecan nuts and cashew nuts to a crumb (don't over do it though)
  3. Stir in the sesame seeds, psyillium husk, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and water.
  4. Leave to stand for 10 min to thicken.
  5. Transfer to a baking tin - I use my brownie baking tray
  6. Bake for 1 hour.
  7. Remove when cooked and immediately cut into finger size slices.
  8. Transfer the pecan fingers to an oven rack (you know the removable wire shelves in your oven) and spread them apart.
  9. Turn down the oven to 60ºC and place the rack back into the oven for another hour allowing them to dry and crisp.
  10. Remove and leave to cool.
  11. Serve the snow and pecan snaps together and dunk until you feel like a kid again!!
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8 thoughts on “Bramley Apple Snow with Pecan Snaps

  1. We have a bumper crop of apples in Michigan this year too! Always a big season here, but something with the weather this year – there are loads! I have never heard of a bramley apple! The pecan snaps here look simply amazing! I can’t wait to make this for my girls!

  2. This recipe is so special! I have never had an apple snow before and I’m so happy to know about it now! Those pecan snaps are so perfect too.

  3. I love this recipe – so unique. I can’t wait to try with the bounty of fall apples growing. This is such a simple snack that has me excited for the change of season!

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