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Apple Ring Fritters

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You know how they say :An apple a day keeps doctor away.
Well who said in what form this apple should be eaten, right? Ok, maybe it is
better to eat it fresh, but let’s forget about it for the moment, shall we?

Even though it feels like it is more an autumn recipe, I
just could not wait till autumn to share with you with this simple yet
delicious recipe.  Soft, pancake liker from outside with a
warm and fluffy apple inside.  Not to
mention cinnamon and sugar coating. Yum! I feel my mouth start to
water as I type this… Ok, moving on…
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Ridiculously easy to make and
only requires few ingredients, that you probably already have in your cupboard,
it quickly became staple snack in our house. And did I mention it is ready
under 25 minutes? So it is a win-win situation for me 🙂
 Or if you looking for simple and trouble-free
dessert, just add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to the apple fritter and you
have a delicious dessert. Perfect!
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Ok, on to the recipe. It is very
straightforward recipe and you should not have any problems. Start by mixing
all your dry ingredients into a medium size bowl. Then in separate bowl beat
egg and milk. Then add your wet ingredients to the dry, mix until
combined.  Set aside.
Cut apples into 0,5 cm thick
slices. Cut the middle of the apple slice, using small cookie cutter or piping
nozzle, discarding them afterwards. 
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In a large heavy-bottomed pot add
oil. When the oil is around 190 C, start dipping apple rings into batter,
shaking excess batter. Slowly lower into the oil and fry until golden on both
sides. Fry only couple of apple rings at the time. When ready transfer onto
paper towel.
Serve warm, dust with powdered
sugar. Enjoy!
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Apple Ring
Fritters
Serves 4
Ingredients:
1 glass of flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
2 tbs sugar
Pinch of salt
½  glass
of milk
1 large egg
2 apples
Oil for frying
Powdered sugar
Method:
1.In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder,
cinnamon, sugar and salt. In separate bowl beat the egg and then add milk,
whisk all together. Then whisk egg and milk mixture to the flour mix until
combined. Batter should be thick.
2.Slice the apples into 0,5 cm thick slices,
then using piping nozzle or small cookie cutter, cut the middle of each apple
slice, discarding core afterwards.
3.To a large heavy-bottomed pot add oil. When
the oil is hot (it should be about 190C ), begin dipping each apple ring to
the batter, shaking off any excess. Then carefully lower each ring into the
oil. Fry only couple of rings at a time until golden on each side. When done,
transfer onto the paper towel. Repeat with the remaining apple rings.
4.Serve warm, dusted with powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Spicy Apple Bundt Cakes

’’ We would like to visit you’’ I wrote to my friend K.       
’’ You and A. are always welcome’’ she wrote me back.
Even though she lives less than an hour away, I don’t see K. and her two adorable sons very often.  A. just loves to spend time with them and while children are occupied with each other, it gives us time to catch up and have a little gossip.
Immediately I started to think what I could bring with me. Million ideas rushed through my mind.

The weather in the morning was promising, sun was shining and we thought it would be great to go to the park. But by the time I and A. got to her it looked it was going to rain. We decided to stay in.
K. loves to cook as much as I do and whenever we visit her table is full with delicious food. And this time was no different.  She made absolutely delicious mustard seed marinated chicken skewers, freshly baked pitas, salad and that’s only to name few.
After the lunch it still wasn’t raining and we managed to have a little walk around the yard. And I saw this year first snowdrops! It just made me smile!
Thank you K. for your warms and lovely day we had!

 

After thinking what to bring with me, I decide to go for spicy apple mini bundt cakes. They were perfect for afternoon coffee.
Prep time : 15-20 min
Cooking time : 20 min
(Makes 12 mini cakes)
Ingredients:
150 g all-purpose flour
40 g almond flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbs cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ – 1 tsp nutmeg
120 g butter, softened
150 g brown sugar
2 eggs
3 small apples, grated
 Fine sugar for coating
Method:
Preheat oven to 180⁰C. Grease 12 mini cake tins.
In a large bowl sift together first seven ingredients, set aside.
In a separate bowl beat butter, sugar then add eggs. Mix in grated apples.
Incorporate wet ingredients with dry. Divide batter between cake tins and bake for 20 min or until ready. Leave to cool for a bit then coat in sugar.

Fruity Mini Carrot Cakes

When I first time heard about carrot cake I was sceptical – carrot and cake – it just didn’t make sense to me. Carrot is a vegetable and a cake is a cake and I couldn’t put them together.  It took me few years before I got courage to try it. And you know what the first thing came to my mind? Why on earth I didn’t try it earlier??

There are probably hundreds or may be thousands carrot cake recipes out there but for me a good carrot cake should consist of dried apricots, raisins and a bit of a spice. And because carrot and dried fruit adds sweetness to the cake, you don’t really need to use a lot of sugar or in my case I omitted sugar altogether and instead added honey.
With all the goodness what’s in the cake, there is no need to feel guilty when reaching for the second (or third!) helping! Right? 
So who can say NO to a moist carrot cake? Certainly not me : )  

Prep time : 15-20 min
Cooking time : 30-40 min
(Makes 6 mini cakes)
Ingredients:
60 ml sunflower oil
80 ml honey
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 (approx. 120g) large carrot, grated
1 medium apple, peeled, cored and grated
100 raisins
50 g prunes, chopped (optional)
60 g apricots, chopped
½ – 1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon baking powder
250 g wholemeal flour
Method:
In a large bowl mix oil and honey. Whisk in beaten eggs then add carrot, apple and dried fruit, mix well.
Sift in cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. If there’s any bran left in the sieve then add it as well. Gently stir until everything comes together; don’t overmix.
Spoon mixture onto 6 greased muffin tins. Bake in the 170°C preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until cooked. Let it cool before turning out.