Friday, 1 June 2007

Julie's French Apple Cake

Last ditch effort late last night recipes for dspsrv cookbook.

Julie's French Apple Cake

Annabel Karmel's Quick Children's Meals


   rubber baking "tin"
   mixing bowl


   5 small eating apples (or less bigger ones in quarters)
   1 lemon
   butter - 7oz (200g) *warm it up*
   brown sugar - 8oz (225g) (see note)
   4 eggses
   plain flour  - 7oz (200g)
   baking powder - 1 tsp
   dessicated coconut - 4oz (100g)

   note: actually caster sugar in book but Cranks' is right.
       Less refined ingredients do taste better.

   Peel & core apples, cut in half (or quarters) and squeese lemon juice over.
   Score the round side of the apples.

   Beat butter and sugar then add eggs one by one.
   Mix in flour, baking powder and 70g of the coconut.

   Grease cake tin. If it is not of the non-stick rubber type then grease it
   very well and line with greaseproof paper. Cake is very sticky.

   Pour mix into tin.
   Arrange apples in circle or regular design, curved side up and press
   down until just about covered.
   Sprinkle rest of coconut over top.

   Bake in oven at 170C/325F/Fas 3 for 50 minutes.


Home made burgers (or meatballs)

A little messy but easy and yummy. Very nice with a sauce.

If you make spheres instead of burger shapes you can call them meatballs.
Putting jar of tomato stuff over them and baking works very well.


   mixing bowl
   knife & chopping board


   mince - beef/lamb
   Some slices of bread (for breadcrumbs - stale is arguably better)
   garlic (optional)
   chopped herbs
   flour (for dusting - optional)

   You can buzz up bread in a buzzer to make breadcrumbs.
   Or tear it into small bits by hand into a mixing bowl and then pick up
   the bits and roll them between your fingers/hands.
   Cold toast smashes up easily.

   Chop up onion and garlic very small.

   Get tray ready for holding burgers.

   Roll up sleeves. Your hands are going to get messy.

   Mix everything together in bowl (except flour).
   Use your hands to mix.
   Now take a small fist of the mix and squash it and pass from
   hand to hand and form into a UFO shape.

   Fry or grill burgers.

   Serve with some sauce and maybe veg and carbohydrate.

Cranks' nut loaf

Very yummy with grated cheese and a tomato sauce. And fried onions.
See tomato sauce recipe below but we use jars of bought sauce most often.


   buzzer capable of chopping nuts
   baking tin - loaf type.


   onion - 1 medium, I prefer more and some garlic.
   butter or margarine - 1 knob
   mixed nuts (peanuts, walnuts, cashews, ...) - 8oz (225g)
   wholemeal bread - 4oz (100g)
   vegetable stock or water .5 pt (300ml)
   yeast extract - 2 tsp (10ml)  ! yes I know. see note.
   mixed herbs
   salt & pepper

note: yeast extract = marmite!
It took me a few years to figure that out.

   Chop onions small.
   Saute onions gently in butter.

   Chop nuts & bread in buzzer. Until quite fine.

   Heat stock and yeast extract to boiling point.

   Grease baking tin.

   Mix everything together and put into the tin.
   Sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top.

   Bake in oven at 180C/350F/mark 4 for 30 minutes.

Cranks' tomato sauce

Goes great with lots of things.
Like stew/soup tastes better the next day.


   onion - 1 medium
   tomatoes - 12oz (350g)   (maybe tinned tomatoes okay)
   butter or margarine - 1 knob
   vegetable stock or water .5 pt (300ml)
   tomato puree
   basil (or other herbs)
   salt & pepper

   Maybe a little sugar or actually carrot chopped up very small adds
   natural sweetness which the tomatoes need.

   Chop onion and tomatoes. (and carrot very small if using)
   Saute onions (and maybe carrot) gently in butter.
   Add everything else, bring to boil then simmer uncovered for 20 mins.

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