“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Sunday, 17 February 2013
We spent most of today faffing about with our computers. The one which was plugged directly into the router was working fine, but none of the wireless ones were working. The router just wasn't directing a signal to them. We tried everything to get them working, but in the end the Toddster ended up having to go out and buy a new router.
Because we use the laptop in the craft room and our ipads for study, etc. it was really important we get online with them. Modern technology . . . it can be very frustrating at times, but then again, whatever would we do without it? Well, you wouldn't be here reading this for one thing! And what a shame that would be, because I really love it when you visit! Its one of the highlights of my days!
You're probably thinking so what's the point of this whole story?? Well . . . I had big plans to bake something really tasty for you today . . . but it just didn't get done with all of the faffing about! Instead I am sharing with you one of our favourite desserts. "House" baked apples.
Simple and quick to throw together and oh so very delicious to eat . . . with all of the comforts of a crumble minus all of the work of having to rub a topping together, and in truth, you don't really miss it. You get succulent baked sliced of apple, all sweet and buttery and nicely spiced . . . mixed with the moreish crunch of toasted flaked almonds . . . not to mention the additional textures and flavours of sweet sultana raisins and coconut!
The smell when it's baking is almost more than you can bear . . . it smells so wonderfully homey and comforting . . . It's a good thing it cooks rather quickly! You can have this on the table in less than half an hour and I can assure you all will be smacking their lips in anticipation! We like to call them "House" baked apples . . . coz that's just the way we do them in this house! Enjoy!!
*House Baked Apples*
This is how we like them in our house. Simple and delicious!
4 large red eating apples
a large handful of flaked almonds
4 TBS sugar
3 TBS dessicated coconut
1 handful of sultana raisins
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp of ground cardamom
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
4 TBS butter, plus more to butter the tin
vanilla bean ice cream to serve
Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Butter a 9 by 13 inch baking pan well. Set aside.
Peel the apples, core and cut each into about 8 wedges. Scatter them into the tin. Sprinkle with the sultanas, almonds and coconut. Stir together the sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg. Sprinkle this evenly over top of the apples. Dot with the butter.
Bake for 25 minutes, until the apples are beginning to soften and turn golden brown. Serve warm, spooned into bowls and topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream