Red Delicious Jam with Nadia Lim’s No Knead Seed Bread

Red Delicious Apple JamApples are included in a lot of jam recipes – not usually as the star but as the supporting act.  They are great to stretch out a small quantity of more expensive fruits.  However apple jam, with apple as the star, is also possible.  There are many recipes for Caramel Apple Jam, Apple & Vanilla Jam, Apple Pie Jam – they all sound delicious.  I couldn’t find an Apple Pie Jam recipe without added-pectin – apples are really high in pectin so I don’t know why extra pectin is required.  Stay tuned for Apple Pie Jam with no added pectin.

After a visit to our local ‘early bird’ market, we came home with a super large bag of Red Delicious & Royal Gala apples.  The apple purée I made with this apple mixture turned out a lovely pink hue.  It started me thinking about single variety apple jam and how that would taste.  I selected the reddest rosiest Red Delicious apples and got out the jam pot. Continue reading

Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake


First up – coffee cake is not coffee-flavoured cake (although coffee cake can be cake with coffee in it).  Wiki says coffee cake is cake intended to eat with coffee or on coffee break, a single layer cake either round, square or ring (tube) shaped or maybe even in the shape of a loaf (like banana bread).  Coffee cake can be spiced, and include nuts, seeds and/or fruit.  Coffee cake is topped with a streusel topping or a glaze.  Similar to teacakes….. but tea cakes are served with tea ;-).  I like the idea of streusel topping – saves having to ice (frost) the cake.  I am still not entirely sure what the difference between coffee cake and tea cake, or regular cake is though. Continue reading

Easy Unsweetened Apple Purée

Apple purée / Apple Sauce / Applesauce

Mixed Apples Apple Puree & Apple Juice
Unsweetened apple purée and apple juice

Apple purée is also known as apple sauce or applesauce.  I always use unsweetened apple purée in my recipes – so basically cooked apples which are sieved or processed to a fine texture.  Nothing else – just apples……  maybe a little water to get the apples softening up but that’s all.  I see no reason to sweeten the apples – even if I am making Granny Smith apple purée, the resulting purée is quite sweet enough without added sugar.  However apple purée, apple sauce or applesauce can include sugar or honey, as well as spices for flavouring. Continue reading

Restocking the pantry with a trip to the Farmers Market

Saturday Farmers Market

Saturdays are home days – days I try not to leave the house, days where my hair can frizz up and not bother anyone, least of all me.  But then Miss M, who had a lunch date with the three J’s (a lot of her school mates seem to have names beginning with J (or G which is almost the same)), asked for a lift into town (it was raining).  If I had to go out I may as make the most of it and go to the Gisborne Farmers Market and buy some supplies.
Apples from Gisborne Farmers Market
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