Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sweet Treats That Remind You Of Home


Thanks Kate, from Delivery Hero, for asking to write a guest post for my little blog. Delivery Hero, makes it super easy to find food, and have it delivered VIA POSTCODE. This is genius to me. Finding decent food, when you have no time to cook, is essential when you've had a little Koala attached all day!! 


 Sweet treats that you remind you of home (guest post for Home Empress)
I don't know about you but I used to have a bad habit of ordering an entree as my main meal so I can have enough room for a delicious dessert, sometimes even two. My sweet tooth can be so uncontrollable that some days it feels that little really truly satisfies it.
There is something about a home cooked sweet treat that really knocks my taste buds for six. (And while I think of it Leah has a great recipe for Lemony Biscotti Bread). My mum used to make me homemade mallowpuffs that blew my mind! Griffins look out! Mum's were dipped in an overly generous amount of dark chocolate and even had boysenberry puree between the biscuit and mallow. Mum only made them on special occasions and one year for my birthday, she made a 6 tiered mallowpuff pyramid with candles! I guess it’s more about the love that goes into the sweet treat that makes it oh so tasty.
This is also the case for my Nana's infamous Apple Shortcake. Truly the ultimate family home cooked sweet treat.
In homage to her and my Mum's great cooking talents, this post is dedicated to spending quality time with her while making sweet treats. Leave the main meal to a tasty takeaway treat (Delivery Hero will take care of that) and concentrate on making a taste sensation for the whole family (or just you!). Nom, nom.

NANA's APPLE SHORTCAKE

1/4 lb butter
3/4 cup of sugar
1 egg (not beaten)
2 level cups of flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
7 medium apples (stewed) - amount of sugar depends on sweetness of apples.
(Nana prefers Sturma apples)

Method:
         Soften butter with sugar and beat until well mixed.
         Add whole egg and beat again
         Add sieved flour and baking powder in stages until pastry formed.  Use hands for final stages.  Don't over mix.
         Divide pastry in half and roll out to size of dish.  You will need to experiment with thickness as depends on size of dish.
         Heat oven to Medium (350F) and cook apples
         Line dish with baking paper and cook half of pastry until just done (about 10 mins)
         Place HOT stewed apple and slide other half of pastry on top
         Return to oven and cook about 30 mins or until done


Notes:  The trick is keeping the pastry together so the amount of flour is crucial. The temperature of your hands handling the pastry also affects whether the pastry breaks up or not, so try and keep them cool. Nana never adds extra water or milk but for the learner, you may have to!

4 comments:

  1. That's not a bad habit, that's common sense! Anyway, I can beat you at that game because I often order dessert AS dinner. Great guest post :)

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  2. Hehe I like that idea of ordering an entree so you have room for dessert! You're a sweet tooth after my own heart! :)

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  3. Awe, lovely :) & a 6 tiered mallowpuff pyramid? wowsa! I so appreciate baking talent!
    Heidi xo

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