Well I decided the best way to solve the image problem is not to buy a digital camera, but to use my housemates scanner a bit more - thanks Tom. So from now on strange old pictures will be the order of the day - mostly thanks to food mania.
And so, a neurotic baking story.
On Saturday I invited Bindy around for a late afternoon tea. Feeling like a bit of baking, I dragged out a couple of recipe books and decided on a chocolate sherry cake. Only problem was - I realised my favourite one requires chestnut paste and I've had trouble finding that in my hood before.
So I thought, maybe an upside down apple tart (tart tatin?). But I wasn't in my usual organised frame of mind, so it wasn't until I had measured out the flour, butter and sugar into a bowl that I realised I didn't have the pyrex pie tin the recipe called for. And caramelising sugar on the stove in my pie tin didn't appeal. By this stage I was feeling a bit frantic - none of my ideas were working and it was pissing down outside so I didn't feel like going out for ingredients. I rifled through recipe files and started to think maybe I should just go for pikelets.
Finally I found a recipe that used the stuff I'd already measured out - a streusel kuchenor crumble cake with a banana topping. Again I leapt into it and started measuring stuff out. Then of course Bindy arrived - an hour early - and just as I'd realised I didn't have the yoghurt the recipe called for. She helpfully offered to go out and get it and so the day was saved. I swapped bananas, which didn't sound that traditional, for apples, replaced the brown sugar I couldn't find for white and all was saved. Bloody yum actually. But why did I feel like the stupid kid who didn't learn to read your recipe through before starting?
Streusel Kuchen - Light cake with apple and crunchy topping.
This is a really easy cake to make. The yoghurt makes it very light and I love the crunchy topping. You can use any fruit you have handy.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 6 tbsps butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup plain yoghurt or sour cream
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- 3 - 4 apples
- 1/2 cup plain flour
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup soft butter, in pieces
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375F and oil a 9 or 10 inch springform pan.
- Put all the cake ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand or machine until you have a thick and smooth batter.
- Spoon the batter into the pan and smooth level.
- Grate the apples and spread on top of the cake batter.
- Rub the flour, cinnamon, butter and sugar together until they form a crumble. Sprinkle this over the apple.
- Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until the top goes nice and brown.
- Serve warm, possibly with yoghurt or ice cream