Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Warm Apple Bites

We had one apple staring at us from the fruit basket and I had no appetite and hubby isn't a big fan of them apples. So, what to do? Decided to try my hand at an apple turnover type thing. Was looking on Open Source Food for hours at recipes to try out in my Mom's old tiny oven.
(This thing must be over 15 years old - my grandmother pulled it out of storage and gave it to me and I am still shocked it lights up!)

Anyway, after a lot of yummy recipes, came across one that was easy and simple enough to try out. I love apple pie and this seemed very similar. But alas, I still have to figure out how Mom's old oven works! I put it in to bake and it just wasn't working - so regrettably the lil pies were deep fried. It wasn't too much of a disaster - name one deep fried food that you haven't liked - go ahead! The bites came out delish! Crunchy on the outside and sweet and gooey apple bites inside. Hubby gave his approval of - "not just good, its Great!" - Okay, so I added the capital G and the exclamation ;)

Excuse the poor quality of pictures - had really bad lighting and was just too tired (I made them at 11pm!)

Here is how I made 2 Warm Apple Bites:


1 apple - diced
4-5 cloves - crushed
1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. honey
2 Tbsp. of clarified butter (knob of regular butter is fine)
1 egg
2 drops of vanilla essence
oil to deep fry
2 pcs of white bread

1. Peel and dice 1 apple. Small bite size chunks are fine.

2. Warm a pan on low heat. Add butter and melt. Add cloves, cinnamon, sugar, honey and apple. Stir and cook till apples are between firm and soft. Think apples from apple pie. Remove from heat and let cool.

3. Take 2 pcs of bread and cut of crusts. Use a rolling pin to flatten each out thin. Split the apple in half and spoon on side of each piece of bread. Fold over each to make two pies. Use egg wash to seal edges. (I added a bit of sugar and vanilla to eggwash).

4. At this point you can put it in the oven and bake. But-I ended up dipping the two pies in the egg like French toast and putting it into the oil to deep fry.

Let it cool and enjoy! Would be great with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Break...

It's been about 20 days since I have even sat in front of the computer. Hundreds of emails greeted me when I signed on - luckily most were junk mail! I have been on a 20 day hiatus for good reason! My mother and sister-in laws are visiting with two little cutest ever niece and nephew to complete the package. I am spending every spare moment with then since this is a a very rare visit and goodness - the kids grow up so fast! I don't want to miss a minute!! It has become very noisy all of a sudden - not just from the constant chatter and running around - the banging and slopping is from the carpenters building new kitchen cabinets (I had none before so Ma-in-law is gifting) and newly painted walls (a gift from sis-in-law since we both love color on our walls!) So today is the first day of rest-rather forced rest since my living room is occupied by the carpenters hurrying to finish the cabinets in the next two days. So, I am jammed in my bedroom with internet to keep me company!

As far as cooking - this is my food blog after all- I have done very very little. No - we don't go hungry! My maid cum cook has been handling a lot of it. (No, I am not extravagantly wealthy, it is the norm in South Asia to have some sort of hired helping hand.) Ma dearest and Sis dearest all chip in especially for breakfast since I am notorious for Not being an early riser.

So please bare with me as I take a little break - they are here till Jan. but I am sure I will write before then. Hopefully have food pics and recipes or more adventurous pics to share since we will be taking a trip to St. Martin's Island sometime in the next 2 weeks!

Here are some pics from Sis's extravagant meal she whipped up for all the Chachis (aunts not Happy Days' Chachi!!)