Apple pie

Apple pie recipe

Have you ever noticed that whenever you make a cake, those eating it just can’t resist commenting on the moisture levels. If people aren’t silently nodding  & mumbling “mmmmm” chances are you’ve baked a dry one and should be ashamed of yourself ;)

This easy apple pie recipe always score well on the moisture scale and should be washed down with cup after cup of hot tea on a lazy afternoon.

Apple pie recipe

To show you how easy this recipe is, my brother and I (k66videos.com) made this sweet video for you;

Ingredients:

  • 330g plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 150g lard
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 7 tbsp cold water

For the filling:

  • 1kg cooking apples
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 100g caster sugar

Apple pie recipe

Method:

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Now cut the fat into the bowl. With your finger tips rub the fat into the flour until crumps form. Add the sugar, sprinkle with seven tbsp cold water. Now mix all.
Press the crumps into a bowl, wrap and chill for 30 minutes. In  the meantime grease the dish.
Now flour surface, roll 2/3 of the dough, out to around, about 5cm larger than the dish. Using the rolling pin, drape the pastry over the dish, then gently push it into the contours. Now trim any excess pastry.

Peel the apples, cut into quarters, and cut them into medium slices. Put the apple slices in a bowl, poor on lemon juice. Sprinkle the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar over the apples. Toss to cold.
Put the apples in the pie dish, and arrange so that it is slightly mounted in the center. Brush the edge of the pastry with water.
Now roll the rest of the dough. Wrap it around the rolling pin, and drape it over the filling. Trim the top crust. Press the edges together to seal. Cut an X in the top crust. Gently pull back the point of each triangle to reveal the filling. Using a pastry brush, glaze the pie with the milk so that it bakes to a golden color. Sprinkle over sugar.
Chill for 30mins. In the meantime preheat the oven to 220C. Bake for 20 mins, then reduce to 180C and  bake for 30mins. Insert a skewer through the steam vent to check the apple are tender.

Best served warm with vanilla ice-cream. “mmmmmm” guaranteed!!! :)

Apple pie recipe

Enjoy!

Flower Power Cake – It’s Spring in Dublin!

Spring_Cake Recipe

As many of you know, I’ve recently moved to Dublin and so far I’ve been living the dream :) Probably my perspective would be slightly different if the weather wasn’t that gorgeous but officially spring has landed and I am making the most of it!

And it was that last sunny Saturday that inspired me to bake something funny and…flowery :)

Killiney Hill Park

So here it is: Flower Power Spring cake recipe, directly from tiny kitchen in Killiney :)

Spring_Cake Recipe

To make this amazingly delicious and fresh cake you need:

For the sponge:
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 large eggs, separated
1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/3 cup of milk
1 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries

For the frosting:
3/4 cup of full fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons of butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons of lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup of icing sugar

Here is how to make the Flower Power Spring Cake, which I would do again in a heartbeat, it’s that goooood :)

Spring_Cake Recipe

Beat the butter and caster sugar until fluffy. Next, add 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Now, separate eggs but do reserve the whites. Then add egg yolks to the sugar mixture and beat until creamy.
Combine 1 1/2 cups flour and baking powder; add alternately with milk to egg yolk mixture. Now mix in everything to the batter.
In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180C and grease an 8 inch baking pan. I used the round one.
Now, in a separate bowl, beat whites until soft peaks form. Add 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff. Next, fold egg whites into batter and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

To prepare frosting: combine cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of room temperature butter, fresh lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until fluffy. Gradually add icing sugar and beat at low speed just until blended, do not overbeat as I did once ;)

When your cake is cool completely, cut it in half horizontally.

Spring cake recipe

Spread half the frosting over the base, then put the other half on top and spread the remaining mix over.

Finally, decorate with edible flowers. If you can’t get them, scatter over the blueberries.

Hope you’ll like it folks! Your thoughts are most welcome!

Spring_Cake Recipe

Enjoy!

From Sicily with love…

Loaf Story

Cassata Siciliana, a cake that I have been going on about for months, that I have known but which I never have tried, neither to eat nor to make so this was a challenge. This cake took some time to make but it wasn’t difficult, you just need to plan the whole thing and be in the right mood!
I didn’t torment myself trying to get a professional patissier’s design or finish to the cake; I think the decoration looks best when naive and asymmetrical, except for the Valentine’s heart of course :)

Cassata alla siciliana recipe

Ingredients:

For the sponge cake:
200g plain flour, sifted
200g sugar
6 eggs
9 tbs maraschino liqueur or any other cherry liqueur

For the filling:
750g ricotta cheese
280g sugar
1/2 vanilla pod
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
150g dark chocolate
250g candied cherries
100g shelled whole unsalted pistachios

For the whipped cream frosting:
2 x double cream
50g caster cugar

Cassata Siciliana - pistachios

Method:

Preheat the oven to 170°C and position a rack in the center. Lightly grease 23cm round cake pan with butter.
Use the whisk attachment to beat the eggs with the sugar on medium speed until very light and pale yellow in color and doubled in volume, about 10 minutes. Fold in the flour lightly, using a rubber spatula, stopping just before they are fully incorporated.
Now pour the mixture to the round cake pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Bake the cake for 40 minutes, or until it is golden brown, a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, and the cake has begun to pull away tram the sides of the pan. Allow the cake to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then carefully turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Felice giorno di San Valentino

While the cakes are cooling, prepare the filling. Using a grater, grate the chocolate into fine, feathery shreds. Using a sharp knife, finely chop the pistachios. Place the ricotta, sugar, and cinnamon in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until the ricotta is creamy and soft. Now add the grated chocolate, chopped pistachios and half of candied cherries, then beat just until combined.

Cassata Siciliana - pistachios
Now, using a bread knife, carefully split cake to make three layers. Place one of the layers in the bottom of the pan and moisten it generously and evenly with some of the cherry liqueur. Spread the cake layer evenly with half of the ricotta mixture. Repeat again. Place the final cake layer on top and generously brush with the cherry liqueur. Then chill the cake in the refrigerator for 4 hours.

Cassata Siciliana - sponge

To prepare the frosting: Place caster sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add double cream and beat the ingredients together until the mixture is smooth.

To finish the cassata: Remove the cassata tram the refrigerator and carefully remove the sides of the pan. Place the cake on a wire rack to ice it. Spread the cream icing over the top and sides of the cake, spreading it evenly with a spatula. Scatter the chocolate over the top and let the cake sit until the icing sets. Now garnish sides of the cake with a sprinkle of the chopped pistachios.

Cassata Siciliana recipe

Return the cake to the refrigerator to chill for 2-3 hours.

Cassata Siciliana recipe

Felice giorno di San Valentino !

Let me bake you happy!

Home made poppy seed rolls recipe

2014 is wrapping up! We Slavs believe that eating poppy-seed cakes brings luck in life hence with these sweet creamy rolls, I would like to wish you All a very Happy, Peaceful and Delicious 2015! Homemade poppy seed buns recipe A yeast cake stuffed with a minced poppy is traditional Slavic dessert. Some raisins, almonds or walnuts are the most typical additions. In the Eastern European tradition poppy, containing thousand of seeds in one poppy head, is a symbol of harvest and fertility. Ingredients; For the dough: 1 tablespoon instant yeast 300g flour 150 ml whole milk 30g sugar 40g melted butter 2 egg yolks 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar pinch of salt zest of 1 lemon For the filling: 1/2kg poppy seed paste (available in McCambridge’s or any Eastern European grocery shop) 3 tablespoons of honey 50g walnuts, chopped 2 egg whites Home made poppy seed rolls recipe For decoration: 1 egg white 3 tablespoons of honey heated up in a microwave handful of walnuts, chopped I used a ready-made poppy seed paste but here is how to make it from the scratch; Ingredients; 1 cup sugar 6 ounces softened butter (1 1/2 sticks) 1 cup hot milk 1 lemon rind, grated Method; Grind the poppy seeds in a grinder, then combine all filling ingredients. Beat well and set aside. Method; Dough: Mix the yeast with sugar and vanilla sugar until dissolved. In the meantime heat up the milk to 40C. Sift the flour into a big bowl. Add warm milk and the yeast with sugar. Mix everything until well combined. Dough will be sticky at this point. Cover a bowl with a kitchen cloth and set aside for 20 minutes in a warm place. Leave the dough to raise. Next, add a pinch of salt, two egg yolks and a zest of lemon. Mix everything and then add melted butter. Sprinkle with flour and knead until it starts to peel off your hand. Form a ball of dough and cover with a kitchen cloth and leave to rise (the dough should double in size). Filling: Mix poppy seed paste with honey, 2 egg whites and chopped walnuts. To make the buns: Dust your counter with flour and roll out the dough with a rolling pin to thin rectangle (3-4mm). Spread the filling onto the dough and then roll the dough up. Flour knife and cut the dough into 5cm pieces. Now place them on a baking paper, leaving about a 2cm of space in between each one. Cover with the kitchen cloth and set aside to rise for approximately 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180C. Brush tops of the rolls with the egg white. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Once the rolls cool down, brush them with warmed honey and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Enjoy Folks! Home made poppy seed rolls recipe Tip: You can do twice the portion and freeze the rolls for busy day. To warm them up you can use oven or microwave. If you plan to use oven, you should under cook them for about 5 minutes.

Wishing you a Merry and Delicious Christmas!

Delicious Christmas to you all!
Hello my sweet friends,

I would like to wish you all a very merry and delicious Christmas!

Here are a few tips for a fun & stress-free Christmas:

* Put together a Christmas playlist. Throw in a mix of old school carols and some classical music.
* Less is more! It’s always better to do a couple of things really well than have a huge choice and it being mediocre.
* Parboil your vegetables and put in a bag with some seasoning and a little oil. While your turkey is resting (wrap in a double layer of aluminium foil and several clean towels) for at least 30 minutes to an hour, pop your parboiled vegetables in the oven to roast.
*Delegate tasks in advance. Ask your guests to help make the decorations for the table or preparing meals…or dish-washing duty :)

Wish you lots of love, joy & happiness.
Marta

Delicious Christmas to you all!
Delicious Christmas to you all!
Delicious Christmas to you all!Delicious Christmas to you all!