Red cabbage with Bramley apple & walnuts

Red cabbage with Bramley apple & walnuts

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 8
A sweet, crunchy cabbage dish with a superhealthy boost of vitamin C

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal84
  • fat5g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.06g
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  • 1 red cabbage, finely sliced
    Red cabbage on a plate

    Red cabbage

    red cab-idge

    A favourite winter vegetable served hot with roasted game birds but equally good as a colourful…

  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 Bramley apple, peeled and grated
    Bramley apples

    Bramley apple

    bram-lee app-el

    A large, flattish cooking apple, green in appearance but sometimes with specks of red. The flesh…

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves



    A clove is the dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a…

  • 100ml cider vinegar
  • 25g light muscovado sugar
  • handful walnuts, toasted and chopped



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…


  1. Put the cabbage in a wide shallow pan with the butter, apple, bay leaf and cloves. Cook, stirring, until the cabbage starts to wilt. Add the vinegar (stand back and don’t breathe in until the steam subsides), then continue to stir and cook until the vinegar has almost all disappeared. Add the sugar and stir until it has completely dissolved – be careful not to let it burn. Sprinkle with walnuts to serve. This will freeze well but let it thaw completely before gently reheating in a pan or microwave.

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Gaelle-a's picture
30th May, 2020
It was very good. I 'd put less vinegar next time, and may be add a pinch of salt. As some other people have said, it is a good idea to specify the size or weight of the cabbage. But will definitely try it again. Thanks
22nd Sep, 2014
This was lovely used recipe as guide and made with a 1/4 cabbage and an eating apple from my garden, for two of us, it would have fed 3 people easily!
31st Dec, 2013
Extremely acidic, will not use this recipe again. Delia Smith's recipe for red cabbage, is far superior.
29th Nov, 2013
Please Please put the weight of the cabbage,other recepies do the same, 1 cauliflower, 2 apples etc. The red cabbage I have just bought weighs over 21/2 kilos which would make a nonsence of the recipe.
10th Feb, 2013
Made this today to accompany a roast chicken dinner & will be making again! I used half a small red cabbage so it was balanced with the apple. I also added a small onion, which I fried off first for about five mins unil it softened, before adding the rst of the ingredients. I was unsure if it would be too sweet with the amount of sugar(plus the apple), but it balanced out the vinegar well & I'm glad I didn't try reducing the amount. Cooking it as shown leaves a littlecrunch in the cabbage (which is what I like) but if you don't like that, you'll probably want to cook it slowly for longer. Quick, easy & very nice.
23rd Dec, 2012
This is in the freezer now waiting for Christmas Day. I've put a message on it to remind me to add the toasted walnuts when the time comes!
23rd Dec, 2012
This is in the freezer now waiting for Christmas Day. I've put a message on it to remind me to add the toasted walnuts when the time comes!
15th Dec, 2012
This can also be cooked in the microwave, time depending on quantities of cabbage, 10mins+. Also good with sultanas addd in place of the nuts.
29th Nov, 2012
if you make this in advance and freeze it, do the walnuts go soggy?
4th Jan, 2012
Was part of an elaborate Xmas menu and went very well with the roast beef brisket or the grilled pollack - I had replaced regular vinegar for the cider vinegar which I think was a mistake as for my taste it turned out be a wee bit too sour -- but my husband loved it. Verdict - cider vinegar would be better!


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