Michael Ruhlman's book, Ratio, has been a turning point for me. I've never considered myself a baker. But he sure can make it easy, as was proven by the amazing ciabatta bread recipe.
Apple Fritters on the Griddle
Ratio by Michael Ruhlman
4 oz. flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 oz. (1/2 cup) milk
1 egg or 2 oz. egg replacer
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 medium apples
Peel and core apples. Chop well or shred them in a food processor. Set aside.
In blender, combine remaining ingredients to make batter. Blend until dry ingredients are incorporated. Stir apples and cinnamon into batter. Heat griddle to 300 degrees. Pour batter onto griddle to shape 3 inch pancakes. Cook five minutes on each side or until nicely brown.
Just before New Year's Amazon.com had a great sale on some organic berry-flavored apple sauce. A couple of weeks ago, we got Plum Organics Peaches. While previously I was not interested in such convenience foods, even as a working mom, I've learned that Nora enjoys them because sucking solids is a new action for her mouth. The packaging intrigues her, and its shelf stable for when I'm on the go.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put all filling ingredients into a 9 x 13 Pyrex. Mix and spread evenly. In separate bowl, mix together dry topping ingredients evenly. Pour melted butter over and mix together until clumps form. Pour topping evenly over apple and strawberry mixture. Bake in oven for 35 minutes or until crumble has browned and fruit bubbles. Serve warm, at room temp, or cold with vanilla ice cream.
I'm sorry to say this is not the best photograph I can take. Moreover, I'm sorry to say I didn't think about taking a picture of it when we first made it. It was a huge pile of covered fruit in the middle of a glass 9 x 13 pan, and I wondered if it would all stay in there. But it did, and it was magnificent.
Our pictures from New York are up! They aren't all in order, though. Some pics from Paul's trip to San Francisco are mixed in. Simply click on a photo above to take you to Paul's flickr.com page.
One of my EMTs moved from New York about a year ago, and before we left for our trip, I asked her about a good bagel joint recommendation. She said she didn't have one--all bagels in New York are good.
Click on the photograph to go to Paul's Flickr page for a closer-up view of the monkeys. There's nothing like sitting in a boat having a picnic lunch and watching the monkeys watch you and wonder how they can get across the river to partake, too. We had quite a show. One of the best times was when a piroux came by with a dog and three adults. The dog watched us 'til he saw the monkeys. He got in really big trouble for barking and scaring them. Thanks, Connie and Jack for a great day!
In a floundering market consumers are looking for good food that is as cheap and nutritious as possible. I hope this post will be the first in a continuous series that focuses on time-saving dishes that don't break the bank while they impact your menu.
So, now the cat is out of the bag. We do like sweet foods. We just know how to eat them in moderation and with as little additives as possible. The muffin recipe came out of "Moosewood Cooks at Home". It's a good recipe because the base batter does not change. You simply add a choice of apple and nuts, bananas and nuts, or zucchini. I chose the apple because I had a couple apples that appeared too mealy to eat off the core. I used a regular cheese grater to grate the apple, peel included, and nearly shaved my finger a couple of times, too. The muffins came out very pretty and tasted really good. Blueberry muffins are always my favorite, but these are running a close second.