Apple Cake for the Monthly Mingle

We dont eat very healthy at home…What? YOU KNEW????? Is it that obvious????
Well, I dont wanna hear the answer to that one, so Im just gonna get to the point…
The point being that although fruits are NOT a regular part of our diet, we do consume it in its most unhealthy avatar- desserts! Yes I LOVE fruit desserts- You’ve probably seen the Apple Cheesecake, the Mango Upside down , the Pineapple Cake and various others I have already raved about.

This APPLE CAKE is another deliciously fruity cake I had bookmarked eons ago…
source:smitten kitchen

6 apples cored and chopped into chunks
1 tablespoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons sugar
2 3/4 cups flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pan and keep aside. Toss the apples with the cinnamon and the 5 tbsp sugar and set aside.
Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ones, then add eggs, one at a time. Mix to blend all the ingredients.

Pour half of batter into prepared pan. Spread half of apples over it. Pour the remaining batter over the apples and arrange the remaining apples on top. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until a tester comes out clean.

This one goes to Monthly Mingle whose theme this month is Fruit in Baking this month. Monthly Mingle is the brainchild of the wonderful Meeta from What’s For Lunch, Honey and hosted this month by my fav blogger Deeba of Passionate About Baking!

When I saw Blue…and then Red!


Source:clipart

I was just SHOCKED(well, that was just the first emotion..it just got worse from there on) when I walked in on my son typing out the words BLUE FILM on Google search the other day!

I felt faint, depressed and well , very very confused!

I mean, he’s only 6 , for crying out loud! What the hell was he doing!!!!!!!!!!
What had I done wrong!!!

I walked up to him and asked him what he was doing. My question came out as a series of bummbling blurs..i mean, what do you expect I had just caught my oldest baby(well, he IS just a bit older that a baby!) checking out porn!

“Amma” he tells me all cute and innocent faced, when I had to repeat the question, “ All my friends were telling me that the movie BLUE was shot in Hollywood and I just wanted to see what it was all about”
Well, well, well!!! Turns out he was trying to see pictures of the Hindi movie BLUE….and yes! all you skeptical people I TRUST him and totally believe his explanation.…..

Internet access for children in India,or atleast in most families I know of, is pretty much unrestricted and unmonitored…I have now learnt my lesson.

But I shudder to think of the explaining I would have had to do had he actually PRESSED that enter button.

WHEW!!!!!!

Apple Jam

Here’s some Apple Jam I tried out…never thought I would actually attempt something like this ..but its not that hard and gave me quite a sense of accomplishment!
I adapted the recipe that i found here.

You will Need:

4apples
1 orange
10 big spoonful sugar
2 cups Water
2 teaspoons lemon juice
cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
Any Fruit essence/color-few drops(optional)

Directions:

Peel, core and cut the apples into slices.

Put the slices in a Pan and pour water.

Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a slow flame until slices become tender.This might take you 15 minutes.

Now take off flame and let cool .Puree coarsely in a blender.

Put back on stove and add sugar and cardamom powder slowly and stir. Add the lime juice as well. Keep stirring .
You will notice that it is slowly becoming a thicker mass.

Add the fruit essence/ colour and continue stiring until it becomes a jam-like thick crystallized mass.The aroma will knock you off…just lovely!

Cool well and then refrigerate in an air-tight jar!

Apple Preserve

Voila! Now wasn’t that easy-peasy!!!

Apfel-Streusel-Kuchen …er…what????

Inviting- Apple Streusel Cake
Simply put STREUSEL [ˈʃtrɔyzl̩] (pronounciation) can be decoded to mean granules or crumbles. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term streusel comes from the German verb streuen, which means “to sprinkle.”It is a crunchy topping used to cover pies, fruit crisps and coffeecakes made with a sinfully delicious mix of butter, flour and sugar . You mix these things with your hands together and they crumble into ….crumbles.
Or Streusel.
They taste heavenly even on their own….and even better on cakes and pies.
You just have to marvel at the joy that is butter flour, and sugar mixed together. Why can’t it be better for you when it tastes so amazing? Why must it give with one hand and take with another?why why why!!!!

apples
And have I already mentioned my love of apples before?well let me say it again.I LOVE apples they are sweet and healthy and delicious. Like candy..like healthy yummy yummy candy..

Well, there ya go , and now I’m going to leave you with the super delicious Apfel-Streusel-Kuchen or the Apple Streusel.I made this a couple of weeks back and its still raved about in my circles….

apple streusel cake

And let me just say this one more time: I love apples Oh, and I love cake too. So, if you’re wondering if you should make this, the answer is yes. Go make it right now.It sure is calling out to me!!!!

1/2 cup butter, plus a bit extra for greasing
450 grams tart apples
1 1/4cup all purpose flour,
little less than 2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
generous 1/2 cup superfine sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
icing sugar for dusting

Streusel Topping
generous 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tbsp butter
1/2 cup superfine sugar

Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F, then grease a 9-inch springform cake pan.

To make the streusel topping, sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles tiny pebbles. Stir in the sugar and set aside.

Peel, core and thinly slice the apples. To make the cake sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl with the cinnamon.

Place the butter and sugar in a separate bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little of the flour mixture with the last addition of egg. Gently fold in half the remaining flour mixture, then fold in the rest with the milk.
apple preparation
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Cover with the sliced apples and sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the top.

Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until browned and firm to the touch.
apple streusel cake
Let cool in the pan before opening the sides. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Apple Cheesecake

Apple CheeseCake
Many months back, when I lived life as a non-blogger one of the blogs I used to visit frequently was saffron trail. It had and still has some awesome recipes and the first one I tried out back then, was a cheesecake.

Now, my love affair with the cheese cake goes back a long way. We first met at a hotel called Pandal in Cochin. It was just a few blocks from my house and its where I’ve had quite a few meetings with friends (some clandestine, some not).and their cheesecake was a constant feature in our menu. Needless to say we were very upset when they closed shop to give way to what Cochin already has in plenty-another jewelry shop.

But thankfully, all was not lost. The fanta-fabulous Cake Shop (the bakery section of the hotel) soon came up in Panampilly Nagar , just next door to a dear friend’s home. Since we were both ardent fans of the Pandal Cheesecake, every time we visited each other that’s what we gifted each other( and we met almost everyday).

After my marriage too, I managed to get my husband to promise me that he would NEVER pass by Panampilly Nagar without buying me a cheesecake. What happened next is anybody’s guess-He found a new road bypassing that area…MEN!! Sigh!

Nevertheless cheesecake is one dessert I never say no to and I have a waistline to prove it!
apples
And when I saw the Apple Cheesecake post on saffron trail I just had to try it…the fact that it was almost sugarless sealed the fate of the apples lying at home.

Ingredients
200 grams Digestive Marie
1 tbsp melted butter or ghee
3 apples – peeled, and sliced
Cottage cheese/paneer from 1 ltr milk
4 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon powder

Directions

Preheat oven at 200 C.
applecheesecake
Crush the biscuits coarsely in food processor along with the melted butter and the honey. Line this on the bottom and sides of a pie dish, pressing firmly. I like a thick biscuit layer so i piled it on. But thats not the norm:)

Place this in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Take off oven and keep aside.
Puree the

Next, puree the sliced apples and when it’s almost done, add the paneer, cinnamon and honey to get a smooth puree of apple and paneer.

Spoon over the now cooled biscuit base and bake for 45 min at 180 C or until it seems nearly firm.

Serve with ice cream.
apple cheesecake

Healthy Combo Salad-Cabbage and Apples!

Red Cabbage and Apples-Salad
This is a baked salad that tickles your taste buds. It’s tangy, spicy, low-fat and fun to assemble.

Ingredients

900 g red cabbage, shredded
450 gms onions thinly sliced
450 gm apples peeled and thinly sliced
½ tsp seasoning( I used taco, you could try it with anything that suits your palette)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp brown sugar
Salt and pepper
Grated rind of 1 orange
1 tbsp orange juice
50 ml apple juice
2 tbsp vinegar

Preheat oven to 150 C. cover the base of a casserole with a part of the shredded cabbage.

Place a layer of the onions and the apples over the cabbage.

Sprinkle a bit of the cinnamon, sugar, the mixed spice and salt and pepper.

Drizzle a little of the orange and apple juices and a small portion of the orange rind.

Repeat all of the above until all the ingredients are used up. Pour the vinegar evenly over it all.

Cover and bake for 2 hours until cabbage is tender. Stir occasionally. Serve warm with a dollop of hung curd and freshly ground black pepper.

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble with Topping

Apple Crumble with Topping

“I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter’s evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream… I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people’s tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting.” Mark Twain

I started off making this recipe as a ‘It’s a Sunday, let me make SOMETHING!’ sort of experiment. I have friends who rave about apple crumbles and though i’ve never liked them too much, this one seemed different, and different it was! In a good way, of course! Everyone loved it; I mean it was an absolute minx of a cake. This one definitely gets the THUMBS UP! Serve with ice cream- A heavenly after-dinner dessert.

Apple Crumble with Brown Sugar Icing.
Adapted from chocolateandzucchini.com

180g butter, softened
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 apples cut into small pieces
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup milk
Walnuts, as many as you prefer.

Set your oven to 180 C .

Beat the butter and sugar together till fluffy and light then add the eggs.

Using a wooden spoon, fold in the remaining ingredients (flour, baking powder, apples and milk).
Spread it into the prepared baking dish and bake for around 35-40 minutes. Set aside to cool. Serve with ice cream over top with icing.

Icing
100g butter
3 Tbsp milk
½ cup brown sugar
¾ cup icing sugar

This is an unbelievably simple to make, just melt the sugar and butter together, add the milk and bring to a boil, all the while stirring continuously. You can add more milk or reduce the sugar depending on the consistency you like the frosting. Remove from heat and put in the icing sugar once the mixture has cooled. Carefully spread over the baked and cooled apple crumble.

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