Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Apple & Pear Trilogy

This trilogy of Apple and pear bakes started off as a traybake recipe which then got reduced and squeezed into a brownie tin and cupcake bake. The Tray bake produced the the most pleasing result, with the cupcakes 2nd, and brownie tin 3rd. The brownie tin was just a little too shallow and produced the driest of the bakes due to the amount of baked surface area compared to insides. They did though produce the most snigger inducing results. What? Nipples? I didn't say nipples! Who said nipples!?! Shocking!

The final batch of cupcakes were also pimped up with a bored-out centre of creme fraiche icing which made a bloomin nice little combo!

Ingredients for 9" x 12" Tray bake

  • 170g Self Raising Flour
  • 170g Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2  Apples
  • 1 Pear
  • 115g Unsalted Butter (Room Temp)
  • 170g Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 1 Large free range Egg (Separated) 
  • 3-4 TBSP Milk
  • Turn oven on to 180c
  • Sift the flours, salt, spices and bicarb into a bowl.
  • Peel and core the apples. Chop one up and put in food processor. Slice thin rings from the other apple and put aside for top decoration. Then add the rest of the apple to the processor.
  • Peel the pear and add to the processor.
  • Blitz until puree.
  • In a mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugar together well.
  • Keep mixing and add the egg yolk.
  • Keep mixing and add alternate amounts of the flour and fruit mixtures until all added.
  • Add enough milk and mix in so that the batter will spread easily in the tin.
  • Whisk the egg white until it forms soft peaks.
  • Gently fold the egg white into the batter mix until combined.
  • Prep a 9" x 12" baking tray by greasing and lining with baking paper, or with cake release spray.
  • Spread the batter into the tray evenly.
  • Place the apple slices on top. Add a light sprinkling of cinnamon if you like. 
  • Bake for approx 35-40 mins or until a cocktail stick come out of the centre clean.
  • Cool in the tin for 10 mins then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
  • Cut into slices and munch :)

Ingredients for the 12 hole brownie tin and 12 cupcakes:

  • 140g Self Raising Flour
  • 140g Plain Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 3/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 Apples
  • 1 Pear
  • 90g Unsalted butter (Room temp)
  • 140g Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 1 Free Range Medium Egg (Separated)
  • 2-3 TBSP Milk
Preparation is the same as above :) Apart from you'll want 12 apple slices for the tops.

Soooo immature to think they look like nipples!!! You MGMT - Kids you!

3 ways to bake this, and a crackin vid from the 3 Beastie Boys - Sabotage

3 ways to bake this, and 3 Yeahs! Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll Oh Karen! :)

and for no reason at all apart from its beauty - Mazzy Star - Fade into You

and finally (I've heard that before! - ed.) The mighty Pendulum - Propane Nightmare (Did they split recently? Can't remember, will have to check....)

Stay pointy everybody, stay pointy!

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