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Apple snacking spice cake from “Flour”

The name of this cake is straight out of Joanne Chang’s “Flour”. I am not really a fan of cakes because they end up too dry most of the time but the name made me curious. And after having tried a few recipes from her book, I trust her judgment. And after trying this cake I have to tell you, I am a big fan! Hopefully next year when I visit the USA I will be sure to swing by one of her bakeries.

Back to the cake, it wasn’t time-consuming at all and in fact most of the ingredients that go into this cake are to be found in the cupboard. Joanne uses Granny Smith apples but as I did not have enough of those I threw in 1 Braeburn. I made this cake Sunday night and brought some for my co-workers. Man, did I get some praise!!! They couldn’t stop talking about it. Now I get e-mails asking when I will make this again. I truly believe that this cake is for everyone, I gave it to about 7-8 different people and they all loved it, including me. Here’s what it looked like:

The cake was really moist and you could taste the spices( cinnamon, cloves, ginger) but it wasn’t overpowering. This cake will be definitely in my top 5 cakes. Enjoy!

 

Craving quiche from Flour by Joanne Chang

The last post I mentioned that I bought a new cookbook and I would post the first thing I tried. I bought Flour by Joanne Chang from Amazon.uk. Although I have Nick Malgieri’s “Bake”and some other random pastry cookbooks I was still looking for a specific desserts/sweets cookbook.  As it is I have too many cookbooks but I still manage to find something that I “need”.But in my defense I do use every single one of them so I don’t feel guilty. Anyways, back to the book. I stumbled upon the title when I was browsing on Amazon’s website and all the reviews were so convincing I ordered the book. And after browsing in it every single day for 2 weeks, I am glad I bought it.

       

The pictures are wonderful and really inviting. And what I really like about the book is that the author gives a short intro about how the recipe came about and there are tons of suggestions to play with the recipes. So, bottom line: good choice if you’re looking for a in-depth cake/sweets/pies cookbook and if you’re an amateur baker like me.

Yesterday I was in the  mood for quiche and the first thing that came to mind was: leeks. I love the oniony flavor of leeks and they work so well with gruyère and bacon. So I decided upon leek,gruyère, bacon quiche. I used the pâte brisée recipe from “Flour”. I made it yesterday and let it rest overnight. In the morning I spread it on a 9-inch pan and blind baked it. Normally you wouldn’t cook the filling but I think that you have to with leeks because it brings out the flavor really well. I sautéed the bacon first, took it out and sautéed the leeks in butter. I flavoured it with some sprigs of thyme, salt and pepper. While I blind baked the quiche shell I mixed the custard; 6 L egg yolks, 2 tbs. of flour, heavy cream, half-and half, nutmeg and the gruyère.

After baking the quiche shell I filled it with the leek bacon filling and poured the custard on top. See pic below.

After baking for 55 min in 350 F oven, it was ready!. I couldn’t wait and honestly, I didn’t. I picked some mache lettuce from the garden and greedily ate a quarter of the quiche along with it. The crust was incredibly buttery( not for dieters) and the oniony leeks with the salty bacon made for a wonderful lunch. Definitely a good recipe for hearty pies and I will be sure to try this recipe out again. Enjoy!

 

Putting my christmas present to good use….

Let me start off by letting you know that I am one of those people who loves Christmas. I love setting up the Christmas tree, decorating it and baking gingerbread cookies and of course getting and giving presents. I find that picking out suitable presents for loved ones is quite difficult especially in my family. But the surprised look is very rewarding when they open their presents. I have fond memories of Christmas morning when I was little. I have always been quite impatient thus I found it terrible and exciting at the same time waiting for Christmas morning to come. Christmas morning came soon enough and my sister and I used to jump out of bed and start shaking the packages to guess the contents. We had to wait until after breakfast of course, which we scarfed down really fast. But I am straying from the subject which is what I got for Christmas this year. This year my family and I thought to keep the spending to a reasonable amount. We drew names and each had €50 to spend on one person. Everyone had to make a list of things they would like to get. Half of my list consisted of food related things of course so I was delighted to get the book I asked for: Bake by Nick Malgieri 🙂 . This book features a selection of his recipes ranging from breads, pies,muffins etc. I couldn’t wait to try them all!!!! Needless to say I liked my present very much.

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