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Apple and Raisin ‘Kruidkoek’

How about something sweet, no?

This is a variation on a classic Dutch ‘kruidkoek’. Remarkable thing is that it doesn’t need any eggs. Commonly you will find it with raisins. I sneaked in some fresh fruit as well – apples!

Ingredients

  • 2 apples, washed and sliced
  • 100 grams of soft butter
  • 90 grams of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 100 grams of raisins (can also be mixed with dried cranberries or diced dried apricots)
  • 100 grams of plain flour
  • 75 grams of wholemeal flour
  • 100 ml of milk

1. Slice the apples and with the tiniest amount water, cook them until tender. Then remove from the heat.

2. Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl, until properly blended.

3. Add the bicarbonate soda to the apples. It is going to sizzle! This is supposed to happen.

4. sift in the flour with the butter mixture. Add the spices as well. Give it a stir, then add the apples and raisins and stir again. Make sure the mixture is properly mixed and all the spices, apples and raisins are divided. You can save some apple parts to put on top of the cake once you have poured it in the tin.

Almost forget, milk! We need to mix in some liquids. I used about a 100 ml of milk, but I must admit I forget to measure it out exactly… Use your judgement! The mixture should be wet, it is not a dough you are making but a cake.

5. Prepare a cake tin by buttering it and lining it with baking parchment. The tin should be an 18 cm tin. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius.
You can also use two smaller tins. I prefer to make two smaller cakes instead of making one big one. It takes less time in the oven and then I can freeze one of the cakes, safe it for later, give it away or something like that.

6. Scoop the mixture into the tin with a spatula. divide it evenly. Decorate with the remaining apple parts. Pop it in the oven for about 45 minutes. The smaller cakes will need 25 minutes max. Check your cake well beforehand, it may need some minutes less (or more) in the oven. If the cakes browns too quickly, cover with aluminum foil.

7. Once you take out the cake, remove it from the tin and cool on a rack. I like to eat mine still warm with a big dollop of Greek yoghurt. Ice cream works too ;-).

 

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Slice up the apples

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Cook them with a little water until tender

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Mix the cooked apples with baking soda – make them sizzle!

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Measure out the spices

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Start mixing together the ingredients

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Don’t forget the raisins

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And done!

figs

Honey Caramalized Figs

Hi guys!

Here I got a quick dessert for you! Or breakfast, or lunch … It’s warm figs with delicious Turkish Yoghurt. I had no idea that fresh figs were in season, but my local Turkish grocery had a whole load of them on sale, so of course I couldn’t resist. I wanted to do something quick and warm, so I ended up coating them with honey and baking them for a few minutes in butter. We had it for brunch the other day, but I think it will work great as a dessert as well.

This is just a short an simple recipe for several reasons: I wanted to let the fresh figs shine, and that works best in a simple dish. I am also crazy busy painting my new house and packing up my stuff so I am very attracted to fast, simple ánd delicous things right now! (even more then normal ;-)).

Here follows the recipe:

Fresh Figs Caramelized in Honey

serves 4

  • 4 fresh figs
  • Butter
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Greek or Turkish Yogurt
  • Mint leafs
  • Optional: red wine, blue or manchego cheese, fresh bread

 

Slice the figs in half and dip them in honey. Heat a tablespoon of butter in the pan. When the butter has melted bake the figs for about three minutes on one side, then turn around and bake for a minute or so more. I sprinkled over some cinnamon.

Prepare your plates with yogurt, some more cinnamon and you can garnish with some fresh mint leafs. Top with warm figs and you are done!

I tried this recipe with brown sugar as well, but me and my boyfriend found that too sweet (and he has quite the sweet tooth!) so we went with honey for an awesome, balanced flavor.

I am thinking the figs will go great with a cheese board as well. I would swap the mint maybe for some fresh thyme or basil, what do you think? Buy some manchego or gorgonzola or other favorite cheese and slice some sourdough bread to go with that. And definitely do not forget to pour yourself a glass of red wine to go with that ;-)!

 

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