Ploughing up a treat

Hagley and Halesowen Farmers’ Club annual Country Show ploughed into action this weekend with some tasty treats for Midlands Air Ambulance.

The 64th show, organised by the Farmers’ Club, welcomed locals to Brookhouse Farm on Saturday (18th September) where they launched a specially designed recipe book to help raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance.

Farmers and friends donated their favourite recipes to create the 20 page book which includes Nanny Dancer’s Apple Pie, Bertha’s Fool-Proof Strawberry Jam and Liz’s Sri Lankan Chicken Curry.

The book was the brainwave of Liz Clarke, Chairman of the Ladies Committee at the Farmers Club, as a way of saying thank you to the charity for airlifting two local farmers to safety recently.

“Creating the recipe book has been such a fun way to raise some money for a very worthwhile charity” says Liz.  “All the recipes sound delicious and it is fantastic to think that these tasty treats will help keep Midlands Air Ambulance flying.”

And to give you a sneak peak into the recipe book here is Nanny Dancer’s Apple Pie:

Nanny Dancer’s Apple Pie by Jan Duerden
My grandmother made fantastic apple pies…

2 lb plain flour
Tip of a teaspoon of salt
8oz butter
8oz lard
8oz sugar
2/3 beaten eggs (depending on size)
Cold water

1. Sieve flour and salt into bowl
2. Lightly rub in butter and lard
3. Add beaten eggs and water to make a stiff dough
4. Cover and leave to rest in the fridge for 20 minutes before rolling
5. Pre heat oven to 200c putting in a baking sheet. (This will help the bottom layer of pastry to cook)

3lbs cooking apples, cored and roughly sliced, partially cook for 5-10 minutes with 2-4oz sugar depending on taste.
This makes enough pastry for two 9’’ fruit pies, pastry thick on top and thinner on the bottom – for those who like pastry better than the fruit!
Cook for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar while still warm.


Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.