Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Hello All!

It’s been a while since I put up a recipe and this is one that’s extremely close to my heart.. and my tummy! My earliest memories of Sunday mornings as a child are those of either a hearty Gujarati breakfast, or waffles made by Mom. Nothing still manages to bring a big smile to my face and warmth in my heart like two of her best bakes – her apple pie and waffles. Now she’s incorporated apples and cinnamon into her waffles making this the greatest breakfast dish EVER!

Recipe:

150 gms maida
1/4 tsp baking powder
50 gms butter
1 tsp powdered sugar
1/2 tin condensed milk
200 ml milk
4 drops vanilla essence
1 tbsp apple juice*
1 cup grated apples
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

Method:

  1. Sieve maida, baking powder and cinnamon powder together.
  2. Knead butter and sugar together.
  3. Add the condensed milk to the butter sugar mix.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the above mix.
  5. Add the grated apple, juice and essence. Let this lie at room temperature for a good 30 mins.
  6. Pour a cup of the mix into the waffle maker and allow it to cook for 4-5 minutes. Alternatively take a look at the instructions on your waffle maker since no two makers are the same. However this should be your call eventually so don’t forget to pay attention!

Quick Tip: *Grate the apples and let it lie aside for a while. They will begin to get runny in a while. Use the same fresh juice and nothing else, especially store bought.

Wake Up and Smell The Cinnamon!

Damn, that nasty alarm went off again. I don’t like Tuesday. It’s the second Monday. My puppy isn’t sleeping near me anymore to wake me up with a sloppy kiss. Not a good start; but wait! I have a yum breakfast waiting for me in my fridge 😀

Clearly, I’m not a morning person. I ONLY wake up on time because I know it’s a good habit and it’s good to be disciplined, etc.. Oh and it makes my parents happy. I have to kick myself out of bed every single day. The one thing I look forward to every morning is a delicious breakfast. In an ideal world this means means fluffy pancakes drizzled with honey, waffles with whipped cream and strawberries.. what it also means is BIG calories (makes me want to go back to sleep already..). So, I’ve been turning to bran or wheat cereal with a  slice of wheat bread, or pulses cooked at home with a slice of bread. This routine has become so terribly redundant that the sight of these foods now makes me nauseous. However, I simply cannot function without a good, fulfilling breakfast so I decided to experiment a little last night.

A mason jar, uncooked oats, LOTS OF CINNAMON with strawberries and bananas. Voila – I found my breakfast calling!

This recipe is hassle-free, super easy, quick, very healthy and above all, DELISH. There’s not one ingredient that isn’t good for you.

Oats – lower cholesterol, weight management, high fibre content

Cinnamon – blood sugar control, weight management, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial

Milk – Duh

Fruits – filled with nutrients, fibre and good sugars

This recipe serves one.

You will need:

1/4 cup uncooked oats (I use the usual, Quaker)
1/2 cup cold milk (skimmed)
Cinnamon powder (as much as you like, I used 2 tbsp)
3 medium sized strawberries, chopped
1 small, ripe banana, sliced

1. Before you get to bed, grab hold of a mason jar (or frankly, any other will do. Mason jars are just purrrrrty 🙂 ) and add all of the above ingredients together.
2. Mix gently with a spoon and shut the lid tight.
3. Refrigerate overnight and the next morning you will have a great breakfast waiting for you! You can even have it on the go if you’re running late 🙂

That’s literally all you have to do. A brilliant breakfast ready for you in under 5 minutes.

Here are some other breakfast ideas I found online if you’re in the mood to experiment – http://greatist.com/health/healthy-fast-breakfast-recipes

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Image courtesy: Pintrest.com

I apologise, I haven’t been able to do a shoot, hence the image has been borrowed from Pintrest.

Your Perfect Apple Crumble

There are few desserts as warm and comforting as a righteous apple crumble. I’m ashamed to say that the first time I tried one was only 2 years ago(!) when a friend of mine made it for me at University. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever eaten so I just had to share this. It would be rather unfair to keep this all to myself. The one I ate had raspberries and blueberries, but here is his original apple crumble recipe. You can always substitute the apples for berries 🙂
Enjoy!

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Ingredients

For the crumble
300gm plain flour, sieved with a pinch of salt
175gm brown sugar
200gm unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature
Knob of butter for greasing

For the filling
450gm apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm pieces
50gm unrefined brown sugar
1 tbsp plain flour
1 pinch ground cinnamon

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
2. Place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Taking a few cubes of butter at a time rub into the flour mixture. Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Watch the rubbing in technique here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW6H_SL_TJo

3. Place the fruit in a large bowl and sprinkle over the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir well, being careful not to break up the fruit.
4. Grease a 9″ ovenproof dish. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
5. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the crumble is browned and the fruit mixture bubbling.
6. Serve with thick cream or custard.

Red food colour can also be added for presentation purposes, but I avoid using food colour.