Monday, December 28, 2009
Apple Crumble and New Year Resolutions
It is that time of the year. New Year is fast coming up upon us. It is time to do something that is now almost mandatory. Make the all important New Year Resolutions.
I make resolutions almost every year, but I am not sure why I do that. I don't think I've ever kept one for a whole month, let alone the entire year. In my opinion, it is impossible to do anything that radical for such a long time time, but I do it anyway. I think it is an annual process of just wanting to turn over a new leaf. Anyway, studies have proven the fact that all New Year Resolutions are doomed for failure. And that they are a near pointless exercise. Now is that supposed to make me feel better? That it is ok for me to be a failure? Or that it is better not to make resolutions at all.
In any case, I've got a few resolutions that I am going to definitely going to TRY to stick to this year, so let us see how it all works out and you, my dear readers are welcome to check back with me anytime during the year on my progress.
Here are some of my New Year Resolutions Version 2.010.
1) Lose weight. This is one resolution that shows up year after year but with no results. I have no answers for this one. I try and try but....
2) Give up sweets for one year. Honestly I will try. Oh that sounds too hard. Maybe eat sweets just once a month? Maybe once a week?? Let's see. No promises on keeping that resolution going through the year.
3)I will spend less than two hours on the internet each day. But that will not count when I am working on my blog or doing my "work".
4) I will definitely stop procrastinating. This simply has to be one my worst faults.
5) Most importantly, post at least once a week on The Bubbling Cauldron. No frivolous excuses any more.
6) STICK TO MY NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS. That is another new year resolution.
I think that's it for now. More, as and when I think of new resolutions to break.
Anyway, here is more on Apple crumble. This is one of the easiest desserts to make. Very easy to assemble and perfect for this weather when there is a nip in the air. Served with either vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, it makes for a very comforting end to a meal.
4 Apples peeled, cored and diced into small bits.
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons brown/ demerara sugar
200 grams all purpose flour
100 grams butter, frozen cold
75 grams white sugar
Preheat the oven to 180 deg C.
Mix the diced apple, cinnamon powder, flour and sugar till the apples are well coated. Put into a baking dish.
To make the topping, sift the flour into a bowl along with the sugar. Cut the frozen butter using a knife into the flour into tiny bits. Then, using only your finger tips gently mix the butter into flour till it resembles fresh bread crumbs.
Sprinkle thickly over the apple mixture and press down gently to make a semi crust.
Bake for about 30 minutes till the topping is golden brown and apples are done and are nicely bubbling away.
Serve hot with vanilla icecream or a dollop of whipped cream.