Sunday, November 16, 2014

Apple Crisp

I just happened to have 10 granny smith to clear off - usually the odd 1 or 2 will go into my pork rib soup.  But 10?  

I was thinking of apple crumble or apple muffin but I came across this recipe - Apple Crisp.  As I read I thought it is not unlike Apple Crumble, a popular dessert in UK.  So what's really in the name?  I looked up the internet and, ta-daHuff Post has the full details:

  • A crumble is a baked dish of fresh fruit (apples, berries, plums, etc.) that is topped with an oat-based streusel.
  • A crisp is exactly like a crumble, except there are no oats in the streusel. That makes the crisp topping more like sweet, buttery, crumbled pie crust.

But since this recipe contains oat, shouldn't it be called Crumble?  

Apple Crisp
Recipe adapted from here.

5 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and cubed
1/4 cup white sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup quick-cooking oats (i used rolled oats)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter, melted

1.            Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C).
2.            Place the sliced apples in a 9x13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. 
3.            Combine the oats, 1/2 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
4.            Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Nasi Lemak

Looking back at the old posts, i realised that B is slowly drifting away from my kitchen adventures.  I blame it on the school.  Singapore education system is a killer.  Not becos he felt overwhelmed by the learnings, but school time is a complete time waster.  This is, to him.

If you are a parent, or working in the education industry, you might have followed the series of reports on Finland education system.  There, it teaches children life skills.  Here, it teaches children about compliance.  I can go on ranting what i like/dislike but nothing will change.  Period.

Nevermind if I seemed like a discontented mother venting out on my child's inability to cope with the local system...

Back to this post, it was a very old one but never get to finish it until this staycation weekend when I finally get to relax and visit my little space here.

I found the trick to make nice nasi lemak is the copious amount of salt and coconut milk.  In my case, I use 2 cups coconut milk + 1 cup water for 3 cup rice.  Salt is 1tbsp.  Yes this is alot, but it will not make your rice salty, I promise.  Do try and tell me what you think yah.