Another great cookbook author,
I really admire,
is Jude Blereau.
Her latest cookbook,
wholefood for Children
comes in very handy,
having three small children in the house.
(ok, it wasn't a severe necessity....)
Her cookbooks are especially good if any of your
family is on a special diet.
A lot of her recipes are wheat free,
gluten free or easily adjusted to vegan, etc.
This morning I made the:
Apple Fig Tray Bake.
I did precisely what the recipe told me to do
and it turned out delicious!
You will need:
500 g red or green apples
peeled, cores removed and finely diced
3-5 dried figs, finely chopped
130 g white spelt flour
165 wholemeal spelt flour
large pinch ground nutmeg
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
125 g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
180 g rapadura sugar, plus 1 teaspoon extra
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
2 large eggs
125 g yoghurt or kefir milk
120 pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts chopped (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Grease a baking tray (20 by 30 cm) and line with baking paper.
Place one-quarter of the apple in a small saucepan with two tablespoons of water.
Cover and simmer over low heat for 3-5 minutes or until well cooked.
Remove from the heat, roughly mash, then stir in the dried figs.
Set aside to cool.
Place flours, nutmeg, baking powder and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl
and whisk through to distribute the ingredients evenly and break up any lumps.
Stir in the remaining apple.
Place the butter and sugar in a bowl, and using electric beaters,
wisk until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at the time,
beating well after each addition, until thick and creamy.
Add the flour mixture along with the cooled stewed fruit and yoghuty and stir until just combined.
Take care not to overwork the mixture. Spoon the batter into the tin.
Combine the extra teaspoon of sugar and remaining cinnamon and sprinkle over the top,
and the nuts, if using.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool a little in the tin before slicing.
I'll bet everyone likes it,
(but I'm not fussy....)
(Maybe I should sent her a bunny too
I will try to sent Buddy and Louisa some!!!!)
Have a fun Monday (I hate mondays....)