July 28, 2008

Fresh Apple Cake

Told you I would cook something else other than cookies some time soon. (I think I like making cookies so much because they're so easy to make and fun to eat).

Anyway, here is an apple tea-cake type thing. It's quite tasty but it's nothing like those apple tea-cakes you get from Woolies, so if that's what you're after this recipe isn't what you're looking for. I have enjoyed this one as a morning tea or breakfast treat over the last few days. Great served warm with custard!

1 cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Canola or vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 tbs milk
4 apples, peeled, cored and diced (I used Pink Lady Apples)
2 cups wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 22 cm round cake tin.
  2. Beat together the sugar and eggs until thick and light.
  3. Beat in the oil and vanilla and milk.
  4. Stir in the apple.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and spices, then fold this into the apple mixture. Pour into the cake tin.
  6. Bake for 45 min.

July 23, 2008

White Choc-Chip Cookies

Last night I cooked salmon fillets for dinner. Sure, they were tasty, but they stunk out my apartment! I spent most of today trying to get rid of the smell. Googled a lot for ideas on how to get rid of it, reading suggestions about putting something next to the stove when you're frying it (handy if I had read that before I started cooking it last night, not so handy now) and a bunch of other things like wiping your kitchen down with lemon juice and using bicarb soda....

None of it worked so as a last resort I decided to make a batch of cookies. Lucky for me, it seems to have worked to get rid of the salmon smell. And lucky for you, my readers, as I am about to post the recipe. These are tasty and as always, more-ish. Hope you're not sick of my cookie recipes lately. I swear I will get to making something else soon!

Makes about two dozen medium sized cookies

125 grams butter
½ cup caster sugar
½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg
1 and 1/2 cups self raising flour
½ teaspoon salt
As many white chocolate chips as you want (as long as the batter still holds together... if you're after more of an idea of how many, just grab 3 handfuls).

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Cream together sugars, butter and vanilla essence.
  3. Beat in egg.
  4. Add sifted flour and salt.
  5. Add white chocolate chips and mix well.
  6. Shape tablespoons of mixture into balls, place on lined tray/s with a bit of room for spreading.
  7. Bake for approx 10 minutes or until just starting to turn golden
  8. Allow to cool on tray.

July 13, 2008

Choc chip coconut cookies

Well, I've been away in QLD visiting my sister, brother-in-law and my niece, so I haven't been baking much lately. I did make another banana bread the other day (a different recipe from the last one I posted, but there aren't any photos of that because it got eaten too quickly).

Anyway, here's a cookie recipe I made up today. I really like these cookies, they are very chewy and more-ish.

125g Butter, softened
1 cup Plain Flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 small handfuls of desiccated coconut
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 handfuls choc chips

  1. Preheat oven to 180 Degrees C. Line two cookie trays with baking paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, then beat in egg and vanilla essence.
  3. Sift in flour and baking powder, then add coconut. Stir to combine. Fold in choc chips.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto prepared cookie trays.
  5. Bake for 12 to 15 min until just slightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven and cool on cookie trays (this helps to maintain the chewy-ness).