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Saturday, 26 September 2009

Spicy Chicken and Apple Cake

Harissa-spiced chicken with bulghar wheat from BBC Easy Cook Magazine
with tomatoes roasted in olive oil
We all enjoyed it, not too spicy, I haven't cooked bulghar wheat like this before, I usually just soak it and then have it in a Tabbouleh type salad. I would definitely use it again, it doesn't go as soggy as couscous.


Rachel Allen's Dutch Apple Cake from BAKE

2 eggs
175g (6oz) caster sugar plus 15g (1/2 oz) extra for sprinkling
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
75g (3oz) butter
75ml (2 1/2 fl oz) milk
125g (4 1/2oz) plain flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 small or 1 large cooking apples
75ml (2 1/2 fl oz) double cream, to serve

20cm x 20 cm (8 x 8 in) square cake tin

1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F), Gas mark 6. Line the sides and base of the cake tin with parchment paper.
2. Using an electric whisk, whisk the eggs, 175g (6oz) caster sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl until the mixture is thick and mousse-like and the whisk leaves a figure of eight pattern (this will take about 5 minutes).
3. Melt the butter in a saucepan with themilk, then pour onto the eggs, whisking all the time. Sift in the flour, cinnamon and baking powder and fold carefully into the batter so that there are no lumps of flour. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface.
4. Peel and core the apples and cut into thin slices, then arrange them over the batter. They will sink to the bottom(this is meant to happen). Sprinkle with the remianing sugar and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 180C, 350F, Gas mark 4 and bake for a further 20-25 minutes or until well risen and golden brown.
5. Allow to cool in the tin , cut into squares and serve warm.



It is delicious, I served it with greek yogurt, rather than cream and the apples didn't all sink into the batter, some stayed on top and were nicely caramelised with the sugar.

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8 Comments:

At 26 September 2009 at 22:05 , Blogger Chow and Chatter said...

yummy, I need to try bulgar wheat, love the guest post so excited Rebecca

 
At 26 September 2009 at 22:29 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Rebecca, I'm excited too!

 
At 27 September 2009 at 10:41 , Blogger Angelnorth said...

The apple cake looks delicious (but where was my "look away now" warning for the first course, huh? :haha:)

 
At 27 September 2009 at 16:19 , Blogger Hazel said...

My mouth is watering big time! I've used bulgar wheat but never like that - must try it x

 
At 27 September 2009 at 20:54 , Blogger Diana H said...

Apple cake is perfect since it's apple picking time. The chicken with bulgar looks delicious too.

 
At 28 September 2009 at 02:06 , Blogger figtree said...

Oh my..what a feast! Off to the store to buy bulgar wheat!Figtreeapps

 
At 28 September 2009 at 03:16 , Blogger Judy said...

Yummy meal, right up my alley. Love the apple cake with Greek yogurt.

 
At 29 September 2009 at 21:21 , Anonymous Kitchen Butterfly said...

I'm not Dutch but I live in Holland....i must confess that this looks superyummy, better than I've had this side of the pond. It would be delicious with a yoghurt cake batter (recently tried it with plums - delish) and served with Creme Fraiche or Turkish yogurt :-)

 

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