Saturday, June 2, 2012

French Apple Cake

French Apple Cake
One 9-inch (23 cm) cake

3/4 cup (110g) flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
4 large apples (a mix of varieties)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup (150g) sugar
3 tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 tablespoons (115g) butter, salted or unsalted, melted and cooled to room temperature

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC) and adjust the oven rack to the center of the oven.

2. Heavily butter an 8- or 9-inch (20-23cm) springform pan and place it on a baking sheet.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

4. Peel and core the apples, then dice them into 1-inch (3cm) pieces.

5. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until foamy then whisk in the sugar, then rum and vanilla. Whisk in half of the flour mixture, then gently stir in half of the melted butter

6. Stir in the remaining flour mixture, then the rest of the butter.

7. Fold in the apple cubes until they’re well-coated with the batter and scrape them into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top a little with a spatula.

8. Bake the cake for 50 minute to 1 hour, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edge to loosen the cake from the pan and carefully remove the sides of the cake pan, making sure no apples are stuck to it.

*The rum is really vital for the taste, and the cake would be not as interesting without it. If you’re avoiding alcohol, you could double to triple up on the vanilla to compensate.

Serving: Serve wedges of the cake just by itself, or with crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream.

Storage: The cake will keep for up to three days covered. Since the top is very moist, it’s best to store it under a cake dome or overturned bowl.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Roti Puri

Roti Puri
resepi sumbangan Tillingtan di FNR, forum CARI

2 mugs of flour
About two thirds of a mug of hot water
oil for frying

Put the flour in a bowl and add the water gradually with one hand while mixing with the other. The dough will be very sticky at first but will soon form a lump that won't stick to your hand so much. When that happens, knead the lump a little with both hands to work out any lumps of dry flour.

Break off pieces of dough and roll them into balls about 5 in diameter. Flatten a ball with the palm of your hand then roll it out on a floured surface until it's about 12 cm in diameter. Toss it gently from hand to hand to shake off the excess flour, lay it on a plate and start on the next one. Once you've done three or four puris, put a large frying pan on the stove and heat some oil in it (about a centimetre depth).

Fry the puris two at a time if they will fit side by side in the pan. About one minute either side should be enough. They shouldn't be brown all over, just a few patches here and there. Once you get going you can roll out more puris while the previous ones are cooking. Keep an eye on the temperature of the oil. Don't let it start smoking, but don't let it get too cool either or your puris will be heavy and chewy. Lay the puris on a plate covered with absorbent paper, then build up alternate layers of paper and puris. By the time you serve them, the puris won't be greasy.