Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Irish Apple Crumble Cake




I love crumble cakes & this recipe of Donal Skehan really caught my attention . I've baked this cake few times & even for my son's 18th birthday . He always requests for apple cake for his birthday so this cake fit the bill perfectly .  He like thi lovely soft apple-licious cake with rich buttery crumb topping . I simply love just how moist & flavourful is  this cake , perfect for a tea time break . I can easily eat half of this cake but luckily my hubby & sons finished it before I can have another slice !  Why 'luckily' ??!! Then I don't have to spend another hour to burn all those calories in the gym  !  LOL  





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Irish Apple Crumble Cake
Recipe from Donal Skehan

Ingredients:
110g butter
150g light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp milk
210g flour –sifted
1 Tbsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 Tsp ground cinnamon
300g apples – peeled, cored & sliced ( I’ve diced them)
20 cm cake tin

Crumble Topping
50g vanilla sugar (can be substitude with caster sugar)
50g butter
50g flour

Method:

1)      Preheat oven to 180°C  . Grease & line cake tin .

2)      Cream butter & sugar till pale in a large mixing bowl .

3)      Add eggs , one at a time & mix till well combined .

4)      Fold in flour, baking powder, salt & cinnamon . Blend well till resembles a thick cake batter .

5)      Add in apple slices & mix well till well combined . Pour into cake tin & spread evenly .

6)      For the crmble topping : Combine sugar & flour into a large bowl . Rub butter into the flour mixture using your finger tips to make a breadcrumb texture .  Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly on top of the batter & bake for 40 – 45 mins till lovely golden brown or till the skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean . Enjoy









Baked Apple With Dried Fruit




An easy autumn dessert that we love to indulge after a busy day . Baked apples make  comforting  & satisfying dessert especially served with ice-cream .  For this recipe I’ve used Granny Smith apples & some leftover dried fruits from my pantry .  The tartness of the apples  blended perfectly with the delicious syrupy filling …. YUM




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Baked Apple With Dried Fruit
Recipe adapted from Canadian Living

Ingredients for 4:
1 cup of apple cider
¼ cup brown sugar (I’ve used light brown sugar)
¼  Tsp ground cinnamon
¼  Tsp ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp butter
4 apples (Golden , Gala or Granny Smith )
½ cup mixed chopped dried fruits ( I’ve used raisins, apricots , figs & cranberries)

Method:

1)      Preheat oven to 190°C .  In a small saucepan , combine cider, cinnamon, nutmeg & sugar . Bring to a boil & stir in butter . Remove from heat & set aside .

2)      Core apples almost to the bottom , leaving base intact . Pare off 2 cm wide strip around core at the top ; trim base to level if necessary .

3)      Stuff mixed dried fruit into each apple . Place in a square baking dish & pour cider mixture over the top . Bake for about 35 – 40 mins  . Bake till apples are tender & the sauce is syrupy.








French Galette With Cherry Walnut Topping (THB)




I know I've been saying this quite often but anyway this is another keeper recipe that I'm definitely making again . This delicious recipe  was chosen by Lena from Frozen Wings & we (The Home Bakers) are currently baking from Lou Seibert Pappas's cookbook - Coffee Cake  .  The Home Bakers (THB) bake along is hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours .  I'm really glad that I've made the full recipe of this galette as it turned to be very tasty . It reminds me  of brioche with a lovely cherry & nutty topping . My family love this galette very much even my eldest son who was not keen of brioche liked it .  I think that says it all ! LOL I've made some changes in this recipe which was the flour  that I've replaced with bread flour . As you can see from the pictures that it does have the soft fluffy texture  even though I've only kneaded the dough for only 5 mins (I was rushing to fetch my son! LOL ) I've used canned cherries instead of dried cherries & I've also almond flakes to chopped walnut as well . To tell the truth ,  I don't have any almond flakes left in my pantry . I wonder which  mouse (my sons)  ate ALL my almond flakes ?!!!!  For the full recipe please go to Lena of  Frozen Wings & more of this lovely bake from the members of THB HERE .












Thursday, September 11, 2014

Apple & Lemon Clafoutis - Clafoutis aux pommes et citron




Another French classic treat with a little twist - Apple Clafoutis that I like to share with you today . This dessert usually calls for cherry but you can also replace it with any seasonal fruits even kiwi .  I've tried this recipe from Gourmand magazine a couple of years ago . Love the lemony flavour & the tartness of the apples .... YUM 




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Apple & Lemon Clafoutis – Clafoutis aux pommes et citron
Recipe from Gourmand Magazine Sept / Oct  2012

Ingredients for 4
3 apples – peeled, cored , cut in quarters & coat with lemon juice
1 organic lemon (zest of  ½ a lemon
4 eggs
50g melted butter
20 ml milk
120g flour 
70g sugar
A pinch of cinnamon
Icing sugar
4 remekins (I've used a 16cm tart pan)

Method:

1)      Preheat oven to 180°C .  Grease ramekins

2)      In a large bowl , combine flour, eggs , sugar , cinnamon & lemon zest .

3)      Gradually add in milk & butter . Mix till well combined .

4)      Pour half of the butter mixture in each ramekin & add in cut apples . Top with the rest of butter mixture . Bake for 20 mins till golden brown . Let to cool & sprinkle some icing sugar over the clafoutis before serve . 






Chicken & Apple Curry




This is my favourite comfort food ... Chicken Curry .  I cook curry quite often , at least once  a week . Yup, I'm a curry lover ! LOL  I like adding fruits or seasonal vegetables in my curries not forgetting extra chillis too . LOL So this is my autumn version of chicken curry with apples . We love the tartness of the apples of this chicken curry that brings it to a whole new level of deliciousness  .  Thanks to my friend Chai Leng from Gcl.Dunster.Nl  for passing me some dried curry leaves all the way from Malaysia . Thanks dear friend for thinking of me . God bless you .  




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Chicken & Apple Curry
Recipe from I-Lost in Austen

Ingredients serve 4 
800g to 1 kg chicken breast –cut into 4 cm chunks ( I’ve used chicken thighs )
3 medium size apples –peeled , cored & cut into quarter ( I’ve used Granny Smith)
1 oinion –finely chopped
4 garlic – finely chopped
5 cm ginger - finely chopped
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp ground chilli or flake ( I’ve also added 3 red chillis , finely blended )
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric (I’ve used 3 cm fresh turmeric )
Handful chopped coriander ( you can replace with 1 tsp ground coriander )
5 curry leaves (optional)
2 large chopped tomatoes
Water ( I’ve added 1 cup of low fat double cream or sometimes I use coconut milk )
1 small cinnamon stick (optional)
3 green cardamom (optional)
4 cloves (optional)
1 tbsp Oil

Method:

1)      Optional : Over medium heat , add oil in cooking pan with cinnamon stick, cardamoms & cloves for 20 to 30 seconds till the spices release & fragrant aroma .  Add onion & sauté till dark golden  brown .

2)      Add in  garlic , ginger , chiili & all the spices .  Stir well about 1 minute . Add in chopped tomatoes , curry leaves & coriander cook on slow heat . Cook till the tomatoes are thicken into paste .

3)      Add in  chicken chunks  into masala paste . Coat & cook the chicken for 5 mins over slow heat . Add some water (cream)  & let it simmer for 10 mins till the chicken is tender .  Add in apples & stir well . Cook for another 5 mins . The masala should be lightly thickened & the apples should be slightly firm .  Serve with Basmati rice …. YUM








Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Apple Oatmeal Cookies




Back to school healthy snack – Apple oatmeal cookies . Tasty with  fresh apples & oatmeal …. YUM .


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Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe from All Recipes.com

Ingredients for 3 dozen cookies
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt
½ cup shortening
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup diced apples without peel
1 cup chopped walnuts

Method:

1)      Preheat oven to 175°C . Lined baking tray with baking paper .

2)      Whisk  sugar & shortening in a large bowl . Beat in eggs till well combined .

3)      In another bowl , combine flour , baking powder ,cinnamon, nutmeg & salt . Fold flour in egg mixture till well blended .


4)      Add in apples & walnuts into batter till well combined . Drop dough by spoonfuls about 5cm onto lined baking tray . Bake for 12 to 15 minutes till golden brown . Let cool on wire rack .








Tuesday, September 2, 2014

French Apple Cake – Gâteau moelleux aux pommes




I've been running like a ' headless chicken' the whole day as school begins today & lots of errands to run .  But since  I've  an hour to spare , I've managed to baked this guilt-free cake with fresh apples from my garden . Yes, guilt-free cake  with no fat  added & using fresh organic apples .  It's a light moist cake that makes it a  perfect  dessert . I did not realized that I've not share this recipe before on my blog as I've baked this cake quite often & it's our all time favorite .  If you have any yummy apple recipes to share , do visit this post & link with us . I'm the host of this month's Little Thumbs Up event & APPLE is my theme . Looking forward to all your apple recipes .  'Sharing Is Caring' 




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French Apple Cake – Gâteau moelleux aux pommes
Adapted from 750g.com

Ingredients :
1 kg apple (peeled, cored & diced or sliced) 
200g flour
3 eggs
150g sugar
2 tbsp vanilla sugar or 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lemon zest
1tbsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
Butter to grease the pan
20cm cake pan

Method:

1)      Preheat oven to 180°C & grease the cake pan . Separate egg whites & yolks . Beat egg yolks with sugar , vanilla sugar or extract & pinch of salt  . Fold in flour, baking powder & lemon zeste till well combined .


2)      Beat egg white till soft peak & gradually fold in the egg yolk mixture .  Add in diced apples & mix gently till well combined . Pour apple mixture in cake pan & bake for 40 mins till golden brown . Let to cool before removing from the cake pan .