The Pink Whisk Challenge – October

The Pink Whisk Challenge

October sees the start of a new monthly Pink Whisk baking challenge – there’s so many lovely recipes and lots of great baking out there I thought it was time you shared it with me (you could win yourself a great prize too – but more on that in a minute!)

At the start of each month I will set a baking challenge based around a seasonal ingredient, and also reserve the right to throw in something random occasionally too (probably glitter!)

October’s challenge is Apples – still bountiful at this time of year and I’m always looking for great recipes to use them up.


October’s Prize:

How fitting that October’s challenge is sponsored by Pink Lady Apples!

Pink Lady apples are an ideal baking ingredient as they are naturally sweet, meaning you don’t need to add sugar, and are firm and crisp so they also keep their texture very well when cooked. Plus, if you leave the skin on in dishes like crumbles and pies they give it a beautiful pink blush.  What more could a Pink Whisker ask for?!  And now, ta da, the prize….

The winner of the Pink Whisk October challenge will receive:

A pink Magimix 2-in-1 Le Duo Juicer (worth £149.00) –  a two in one fruit juicer with a citrus press with large and small cones and a centrifugal juicer for all other vegetables.  Suitable for all fruit and vegetable juices, all parts are dishwasher safe and removable for easier cleaning, and come with 12 years motor guarantee and 3 years for parts.

 For full spec please see here – John Lewis

A Pink Lady eco-shopper bag

An exclusive Pink Whisk apron  – you can’t buy these for love nor money (handmade for me, and you, by my Mum x) and a jar of my super zingy lemon curd!


To enter,  all you have to do is bake up your favourite recipe using apples, from your garden, from a neighbour or just from the shops (and don’t forget you can’t go far wrong with a Pink Lady apple) 😉 then share the photo and the recipe!

It can be one you’ve devised yourself or an old favourite (just make sure you credit the baker or book it’s from and write the method in your own words).

If you blog – feature the recipe on your site, comment on this post making sure to include your name/blog name, URL and title of your recipe. Posts mustn’t be historic and must be published after the challenge launch post.  Please also include a link to The Pink Whisk Challenge.

If you don’t blog, I’d still love you to enter the challenge and share your recipe.  Upload your photo to the Pink Whisk Challenge group on Flickr and post the recipe in the comments section below your pic and Bobs your Uncle, that’s your entry into the Challenge done!  (You will need to create a Flickr account)

You have until the 28th October 2011 to bake and post your recipe.  The winner of the challenge will be chosen at random from all the blog and flickr entries received shortly after and will be announced on The Pink Whisk.  Apologies to overseas Pink Whiskers but prizes will only be available to entrants from the UK unless otherwise stated.  For full terms and conditions please see here.  For more details on entering –  The Pink Whisk Challenge page will help you.

If you tweet:

Then tweet me (@thepinkwhisk) a link to your recipe/entry and I will retweet it to the baking mad masses – if you also include @pinkladyappleuk they might just too!

This is the first time I’ve set up something like this so if you have any problems it means the gremlins have messed things up!  Please email me at

ruth (at)thepinkwhisk(dot)co(dot)uk and I will try and fix it!

So, time to bake!  Get your apples together, dig out your best recipe and enter The Pink Whisk Challenge!  

I’ll be kicking you off with my apple recipe tomorrow xx

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire


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63 Responses to The Pink Whisk Challenge – October

  1. nicola says:

    Brilliant idea Ruth! I love baking with apples at this time of year..I’ll definitely join in! I think I have a recipe in mind already…:-)

  2. Fab idea, will def be taking part!! 🙂 x

  3. Nelly says:

    What fortuitous timing! I just made some fabulous muffins featuring Pink Lady Apples this weekend! I had been meaning to blog about them. I hope its OK that I already baked them, but it was just before the challenge came out? If not let me know and I will get back in the kitchen! 🙂

    So here is my entry:
    Toffee Apple Crumble Top Muffins.

    So excited to see all the other entries! Great challenge!

  4. Karen says:

    WONDERFUL challenge and lovely prizes too….as I have a stack of apples from my tree this year, I will be back!

  5. Kathryn says:

    I also had baked something featuring apple for the blog this week so I’ve posted it up today!

    Apple and spice brown butter blondies:

    Great challenge!

  6. I have made some this morning Apple and pear muffins, hope it is ok i added the pear in (one of my sneaky ways to get the kids to eat them) plus they needed using.
    here is my recipe

  7. Dominic says:

    I love it… count me in!… I have been baking with Apples for our forthcoming Apple Day, so I have a tonne of lovely recipes… great challenge x

  8. Kim says:

    Brilliant, I had just been drooling over this month’s Good Food cover recipe and this is a great excuse to bake it!

  9. Janice says:

    ooh fab prizes Ruth. Thanks.

  10. You got me at the apron. Love that your Mum makes them. Drat I live outside the UK 🙂

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  12. Fiona says:

    I’d just been given a huge bag of apples from a friend’s garden which I’m now working my way through. I made (and blogged) some apple & cinnamon muffins :

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  14. Beckie Smith says:

    My blog entry for the October Apple Challenge: Apple Crumble Cake:

    Enjoy 🙂

  15. Choclette says:

    Lovely challenge and nice prizes too. I’ve made loads of cakes and biscuits with apple in recently, but this month I’ve made Apple and Lemon Curd. which I plan to use as a filling for a cake or two I’ll be making next week.

  16. I am in need of this challenge, having excessive apples on our tree. I may be cheating by suggesting chutney, but this is an excellent way to use the fruit and keep it for months to come. The two recipes I tried yesterday are detailed in this blog post:

  17. Alex says:

    Thank you for such a lovely challenge & a wonder array of treats.

    I made Spiced Apple Cake with Pecans, Blackberry Compote & Cream.

  18. shaheen says:

    Hi Ruth,
    What a great idea, please find my submission for this month made with foraged apples, as well as eating apples from my fathers allotment. The recipe is for a Cinnamon Apple Shortcakes. I hope I am eligible to enter. Kind wishes

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  20. Sharon says:

    My entry for the October challenge. Not Pink Lady but I wouldn’t mind trying to grow some!

  21. Blackberry and Apple Crumble Cake from Scrumptious Sally – looks decidedly delicious! xx

  22. Laura says:

    My blog is up from the weekend.. I made Ginger Caramel Apple Pudding… enjoy and Happy Baking x

  23. Snowy says:

    Love your blog and this challenge is a great idea; I’ve made an apple and almond tart.

  24. Heather says:


    Here’s my entry from my blog Hefs Kitchen!

    Spiced Apple Turnovers

  25. Yes please – your recipe title and your blog address then everyone can have a look xx

  26. Karen says:

    I have made my first apple recipe for your challenge and have linked up and posted the log to my blog post too, as well as tweeted it!

    Karen S Booth @KarenBurnsBooth on twitter
    Lavender and Lovage
    Harvest Apple Cake and post link is:


  27. bakingaddict says:

    I’ve just made my entry:
    Cinnamon Crumble Apple cake

    and I’ll be tweeting from @bakingaddict

  28. Hiya Ruth! what a lovely, lovely baking challenge! Here’s my entry, apple and cinnamon crumble cake:

    I’ll also tweet from @katecakeandbake

  29. Ella says:

    This challenge was a fabulous way to use up some of the many apples we have on our tree this year. Thanks for being such an inspiration. Here is my entry of a Toffee Apple Tart with a Gingerbread Crust:

    Will also tweet from @lostartofeating

  30. Ruth Ellis says:

    I’ve made Orchard Cider Butter – blog post here – with a link back to the Pink Whisk. I’ve stopped by this blog from time although not for a while, and love the new look too :o)
    Ruthx (A different one!)

  31. Ruth Ellis says:

    Oops – just realised I didn’t include the link!
    Second time lucky – brain functionality has been destroyed by a head cold, apologies

  32. Hi Ruth
    I have just posted my entry for the October Challenge: an Apple Tarte Tatin!

    kind regards

  33. Leanne says:

    I’ve finally kicked my man flu into touch and managed to get busy with some apples! Here’s what I did – Apple and Currant Crumble Bars.

    Great challenge, Ruth – look forward to some more before the end of the year! xx

  34. Great challenge Ruth! I have made Apple & Cinnamon Muffins. Here is my entry:

    I’ll also tweet from @MissCakebaker

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  36. Wow what a fab challenge! I keep seeing links to your blog and it looks fab!” I have a brilliant apple recipe in mind that I keep wanting to try- will hopefully make it this week before the deadline! 🙂

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  38. Jean says:

    Hi Ruth,
    I have made a tarte tatin for your October baking challenge.
    Jean, Baking in Franglais.

  39. hi Ruth
    I thought I had left a comment about my post but must have not done it properly. Here is my entry!

  40. Fluffy Toffee Apple Cake (recipe in link above on flickr)

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