Dinner was pretty light the other night, so I decided to bake an apple cake. But I had no eggs, so I looked around the net and found some recipes here and there. I settled on this one here, but then modified it quite a lot. For example I used butter instead of oil and I more than doubled the milk and left out the cinnamon and of course I did not have brown sugar so I used regular sugar. And then I baked it in a plum cake mold…. Basically I made another cake. But the result was not bad at all!
A couple of weeks ago I went apple picking and I came back with about 30 lbs. of apples. The question was what I should do with that many apples and when on a diet? Cakes are an option only if butter and eggs are kept at a very minimum.
Pretty soon this idea of making roesti using apples started taking shape in my mind. I made some research and found that roesti of potatoes and apples do in fact existed, but that they were mainly a side dish that consisted of more potatoes than apples. I decided to tweak those recipe quite a bit and make it into a sweet apple roesti cake.
I still kept in a couple of potatoes for texture, but changed the ratio so that the apples became the main component. And I baked the roesti in the oven rather than on the stove. The result was a pretty light dish, incredibly hard to photograph but pretty tasty and reminiscent of baked apples. Great for breakfast or a light snack.
I almost forgot I had this quiche lined up for you. A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to brunch by a friend and I offered to make a quiche. I decided I wanted to put apples in there (as I said I went apple picking). When an idea forms in my mind about ingredients, I rarely give up, but combining apples into a quiche was going to be a challenge.
So I looked around the web and tried to find inspiration, but was then confronted with my semi-empty fridge. I saw some celery stalks eyeing me from the back of the fridge and I figured celery would go well with the apples (or at least it wouldn’t be horrible…).
I’m happy I gave it a try. The combination of flavors works surprisingly well, with the celery and the green apple playing off each other. The result is a bit pungent and pretty sophisticated (at least, that is what my friends thought) and wouldn’t look bad in a creative restaurant. If you are curios, give it a try!
This month we are revisiting hot slaw. One thing I love and I haven’t eaten in a while because here is ungodly expensive is fennel. And my favorite way of having fennel is to cut it very thin and have it raw with a bit of oil and a touch of cumin. However, that was way to easy for the swap, so I decided to change it up a little bit.
After a bit of thinking I decided to throw apples in the mix and looked on-line for inspiration. I walked into this recipe here and suddenly red onion was in the mix. So now I had thinly sliced fennel, apple and onions. But how to dress it? I decided I had to do a warm dressing, to keep faithful to the original recipe and I decided to go with a balsamic vinegar reduction.
I took pics with the help of my new lightbox custom made by my wonderful BF and I have to say I am pretty happy with the result. On the other hand I do not dare to mix the salad an eat, as it just looks too beautiful… I had to invite friends over and share it with them (well the salad and the gravalax I am curing in the fridge), so I am waiting for them to get here before eating…
This to me is THE Apple Cake. It is the one I grew up with and it is delicious. It is also healthy, has it has no butter or oil or any added fat. Italian readers might have already guessed, it comes from an old recipe book that my grandmother owned: le ricette di Petronilla.
Petronilla was an Italian doctor that used to write about cooking and nutrition. The book is interesting not only because some of the recipes, like this apple cake, are truly delicious, but also because it is a window on another lifestyle. For example, in this cake the butter is omitted to make the cake cheaper rather than to make it healthier.
Anyway, hope you will try it!