A Goose With Golden Apples
1 oven-ready goose; 9 - 10 pounds
1 onions; chopped (1 to 2)
2 cloves garlic; crushed
1 large lemon; sliced
6 cups dry cider
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch ground cloves; or 2
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 ounce butter; or 2
FOR THE APPLES
8 small Golden Delicious apples
4 ounces ground almonds
1 teaspoon sugar; plus a little extra
1 sachet powdered saffron; plus a little extra
1/2 teaspoon orange flower water; up to 1
1 dessertspoon currants
1 egg yolk
Remove the excess fat from inside the bird. Put the chopped onion,
crushed garlic and sliced lemon inside the bird. Boil the cider with
the spices, pour over the bird and marinate for at least 4 hours, or
overnight if that is simpler. Spoon over the marinade regularly, and
ensure that there is plenty inside the bird. If you have
refrigerated it or taken it from a cold larder, let it stand to
reach room temperature before cooking. Pour off the marinade and
keep it to one side, but leave the vegetables inside the bird.
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Roast the goose on a rack in a pan for 15 minutes per pound. It has
a better and sweeter taste when still a little pink. During cooking,
pour off the fat and reserve it, but do not baste the bird.
Brown the giblets in a little of the goose fat, add all of the
marinade and cook over a medium heat for about 45 minutes, or until
it is rich and starting to reduce. Strain through muslin or a very
fine sieve, and keep warm.
Core the apples and score a line right round them through the skin,
about one third from the top. Mix the almonds, saffron, orange
flower water and currants together with a spoonful or more of the
hot goose fat and stuff the apples.
Dribble more goose fat over the apples and bake in an ovenproof dish
at the bottom of the oven for 30-45 minutes - they should be only
just done when the goose is ready.
Once the goose is ready, take it from the pan and leave to stand,
covered lightly, for at least 15 minutes, so that it sets nicely.
Pour off the remaining fat from the pan and add any accumulated
cooking juices to the giblets - marinade gravy, and reduce this
further so that there are a few spoons of sauce per person.
A few minutes before you are ready to serve, carefully remove the
top part of the cooked skin of the apples, revealing the white
Mix the egg yolk with the extra saffron and the extra touch of
sugar. Paint this mixture over the exposed apples and replace in the
oven for just 5 or so minutes until set.
Whisk the butter onto the sauce over a medium
Arrange the goose with its golden apples on a serving dish, pour the
spiced sauce into a hot jug and take to your festive table.
Yield: 8 servings