Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday afternoon pangs

I escaped this morning to the refuge of the cafe to do some work. To think about the changes that have taken place in the last couple of months in life and career when my daughter realised that it was actually a saturday and I had promised her some fun and games. I was summoned back with the threat of being made to do some cruel things. Compromise solution was to make something she likes.

4 apples were skinned, cored and diced and then mixed with the juice of a lemon. A teaspoon of cardamom powder sprinkled on the apples and mixed well. Zest of another lime ( careful when you do this because, the white of the lime can be quite bitter) and some grated ginger was mixed with a finger of butter ( Amul will do fine, take a whole slab and cut off an inch worth of stick) and three table spoons of honey. Brisk mixing will give you a yummy creamy mix. Now toss the apples with the creamed sauce and bake them in a preheated ( 250 degree) over for 1 hour. Please remember to keep mixing the apples, stirring etc, else the ones at the top will blacked and char.

While the apples roast and cook. Take two cups of atta mix it with a quarter cup of sugar and a half tea spoon of baking powder, and use your fingers to run in the rest of the butter slab into it till it resembles a moist crumbly mix. Break in two eggs and mix it into a tight dough. Leave it in the vessel and pop it into the fridge to cool.

Once the apples are cooked and look like a jam, remove it from the oven and let it cool to room temperature. While the mix cools, take a oven proof non stick baking dish and using the fingers spread the chilled dough evenly along the inside of the dish. Spoon the apple mix over and spread evenly. Sprinkle evenly some apple pieces that have not been cooked, some cashew nuts. Use an egg yolk for an egg wash along the exposed dough and on the uncooked apples.

Pop it into the oven ( pre heated to 250 degrees ) for fifteen minutes. Cool and serve.

Let me know if your saturday afternoon pangs go away after this.

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