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Delicious and super healthy Apple Crumble.. with.. Apple Smoothie..!

Apples always make me happy.

They remind me how something can help me quench my thirst as well as hunger, without the slightest feeling of guilt.

This super nutritious fruit containing loads of fiber and vitamin C, seems to lower the risk of diabetes, heart diseases and various gut problems.Promoting weight loss is one of its linked advantages too, along with many others. Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and has powerful medicinal properties. I love to add it to my recipes. The flavor is magical.

APPLE CRUMBLE

APPLE CRUMBLE needs 6 basic ingredients altogether. I take 10 minutes to mix things up and 20 minutes to bake it.

LET’S COLLECT

Multigrain flour 1 cup

Baking powder 1 tsp

Powdered brown sugar 2 tbsp

Peeled and thinly sliced apple 1

Cinnamon powder 1 tbsp (i love the cinnamon flavor, you can reduce it if you want)

Virgin olive oil (can be replaced by butter) 2 tbsp to begin with

Few nuts (broken roasted walnuts and raisins preferably) are OPTIONAL.

LET’S DO IT

-I prefer mixing little cinnamon powder and little powdered brown sugar to the flour along with baking powder, to begin with.

-Just mix this flour with oil slowly and keep kneading with fingertips till it looks and feels like breadcrumbs. You can add a pinch of salt if you are using olive oil.

-Take a small flat baking tray and spread a layer of this flour at the bottom. Press it a bit with fingertips evenly.

-Arrange a layer of sliced apples over this and sprinkle cinnamon powder, nuts and brown sugar powder over it.

-Repeat these two layers as many times you can. The final one needs to be flour.

-Sprinkle generously the remaining cinnamon powder at the top.

The look just before baking

LET’S BAKE

Preheat the oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes and then bake at 175 degrees for 15-20 minutes or till brown. Keep yourself busy since the aroma in the house drives you crazy. Maybe you can make yourself a smoothie in the meantime.

APPLE SMOOTHIE

MY APPLE SMOOTHIE is simply simple with just 3 ingredients. Mix small pieces of peeled apple (1 apple), toned cold milk (half cup) and few drops of vanilla essence.Blend. Add half a cup of frozen/chilled milk (whichever you prefer). Churn again. Pour and enjoy.

This combo is awfully delicious, exceptionally healthy and super quick. Above all its a complete wholesome meal without any more craving left for someone who has a sweet tooth. Well if you are generous, you can share it post lunch as a dessert too.

CHEERS..!

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Lets Bake..The Christmas Cake..!

My super simple recipe for a super quick ‘n yum Christmas Cake

All you will need is, altogether 40 minutes, some simple ingredients and some good music for yourself. So lets begin..

Rum soaked dry fruits and nuts. I soak them two months before, but no worries they can be soaked overnight as well.

The soaking liquid can be brandy, sherry, vodka or wine too or a combination of orange and cranberry juice. The dry fruits can be black raisins, black or red currents, orange peel, dried seedless dates, dried figs, dried apricots, cranberries, dried apple, prunes, glazed cherries,

Wet ingredients – 1/2 cup of virgin olive oil, 3 eggs, 2-3 tsp of milk / rum

Dry ingredients – 1 cup of multigrain flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 4 tsp cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp of freshly ground spice mix (cinnamon, clove, black cardamom)

A cup stands for a standard tea cup not a very small one or a very big one, Multigrain flour can be replaced by whole wheat flour too.

I make this cake in foursimple steps-

1- Mix the wet ingredients till fluffy

2 – Add sugar and beat again

3 – Add all the remaining dry ingredients and beat till you get a smooth consistency almost like a thick pancake mix

4 – Pour the batter in the greased baking dish and add 4-5 tbsp full of soaked dry fruits. With the help of a fork cover the dry fruits with a layer of batter.

Its ready to bake. Insert it in a preheated oven ( I preheat it at 200 degrees for 15 minutes ). Bake it at 175 degrees for 20 minutes. Make sure it gets the heat evenly throughout. Check by inserting a knife or a fork. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.

The cake doubles up in size so use the container accordingly. I love to eat it this way but you can top it up with whipped cream or nuts or more rum or chocolate sauce etc

The texture and taste comes out perfect, inspite of no self raising flour, no butter or cream and no white sugar. Multigrain flour and olive oil along with brown sugar and nuts make the cake, as i say DELICIOUSLY NUTRITIOUS. Rum does the rest of the job.

CHEERS..!