for my fried rice, that is.
Hello! It’s the weekends and I finally can take some time to meddle in the kitchen.! My refrigerator is still packed with two bagfuls of apples even though we or rather I had been trying to eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away. So, the other alternatives to solving this beautiful problem are to give the apples away or bake them!
Thankfully, there are various recipes on the internet and the kitchn has wonderful ones on the website. I thought of baking the apple pancake since I have all the ingredients in my kitchen. Yay! It alos requires a no-fuss kind of baking. Double bonus!
Am pasting the recipe here for reference sake.
Weekend Apple Pancake
serves 3 to 4
2 large or 3 medium apples, preferably tart ones like Granny Smith ( I used 2)
4 tablespoons white sugar, divided
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
5 eggs ( I used 4)
Powdered or cinnamon sugar, to serve
Heat the oven to 400°F. Peel, core, and quarter the apples, then cut them into medium slices (1/4-inch thick or less). Then cut the slices in halves or thirds. You should have about 3 cups of chopped apples.
In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of sugar with the cinnamon and ginger and set aside.
Cut the butter into chunks and place them in a deep cast iron skillet or 8×8-inch baking dish. Put the skillet or baking dish in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the butter is melted. Take the pan out of the oven and sprinkle the 1/3 cup brown sugar over the melted butter. Carefully spread the apples on top of the brown sugar and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the apples. Put the pan back in the oven to caramelize the apples and sugar.
Whisk the flour with the remaining tablespoon of sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly with a large wire whisk to beat out any lumps. When the flour is smoothly incorporated into the milk, beat in the vanilla and the eggs one by one. Beat by hand for 2 minutes, or until foamy. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes. By now the sugar should be bubbling around the apples.
Take the pan out of the oven and pour the batter over the apples. Bake for about 20 – 25 more minutes or until center is set and sides are lightly browned. The pancake will puff up dramatically but fall after a few minutes after you take it out of the oven.
Have spent this week in the Kindergarten. It was fun albeit a tad tiring. The little ones can be adorable and yet demanding at the same time. I have observed wonderful instructions by the teachers and the activities were all insightful. =)