#bakinggoodies | Apple cake

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If you have bought a bag of apples and don’t know what to do with it, why not make an apple cake!

IMAG7706Here is a version we love, and hoping you would too. It’s super easy.

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius 10 minutes in advance. Lightly oiled the cake pan with oil.
  2. Beat the margarine, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in the eggs one at a time and mix well.
  3. Sift the flour and baking powder, and add to the mix.
  4. Place about one third of the mixture into the tin (#cookingtips : smooth the surface with the back of a wet spoon!)
  5. Toss the apple slices in lemon juice – and place it compactly on top of the cake mixture. Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly ; layer by layer as you create that thick layer of apple.
  6. Spread the remaining of the mixture, making sure you cover the apples completely. Smooth the top and sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Bake for 90 minutes or until well risen and golden. Toss the cake around and leave it out to cool. Serve with vanilla ice-cream!

Ingredients

75g margarine (softened)
75g fine sugar (with a little extra for sprinkling if you want! )
120g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs beaten
~1/2 kg apples – peeled, cored and sliced
1 Lemon
Cinnamon powder (sprinkle as much as you like on the apples!)

Happy Baking!!

Love,
BakerAlystef

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#easyrecipe | Homemade Pizza

My husband Stefan is super picky and have an insatiable appetite for  pizza – so it’s been pretty difficult to find something he really likes. The bread is too thick, too soggy, combination of ingredients are not what I like, and the list goes on.

Being a do-er and getting back into baking, I made a point to make him pizza from scratch! #success

There are a million recipes on how to make your pizza, but here is mine absorbed from what’s out there that will take you 20-25 mins to make in total. #sharingiscaring

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The finished product! 😀

The dough

1. Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt well.

2. Make a well in the middle, and pour in 100ml luke warm water (to activate the yeast) and olive oil. Bring it together until you have a soft moist dough.

3. Place the dough on a clean, lightly floured surface and knead for 3-5 mins until smooth. Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside for at least 20 mins to let it rise properly (not needed if you want to make thin crust).

#cookingtips : you can keep this in the freezer and use it anytime!

 

Prepare the dough

1. Heat oven to 220-240C at least 10 minutes in advance.

2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into whatever shape that fits your oven (mine was a rectangle of sort). The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven.

3. Place the rolled dough on a sheet of baking paper and place it in the oven.

#cookingtips: Place the rolled dough in the oven for 2-3 minutes before adding the toppings. This will avoid soggy wet dough when you add the sauce, unless you like that style!

 

Magic time : Toppings!

1. Smooth tomato paste over the pizza. Shake some mixed herbs on the paste. Drizzle some olive oil on top.

2. Scatter with mushrooms, ham, tomatoes, and cheese (in that order) as evenly as you possibly can.

3. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp.

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gorgeous, aint it?

INGREDIENTS : This recipe is for 1 pizza, good for 2-3 people

Dough

150g flour (depends if you want it chewy-normal flour, or crispy-bread flour)
1/2 tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp olive oil

Toppings (Be creative : go for whatever you want! )

5-8 white button mushrooms
4-5 slices of ham
150g tomato paste
5-7 Cherry tomatoes
Cheeses for pizza : mozarella, parmesan and mixed (as much as you want!)
Mixed herbs, or whichever you prefer
Olive oil

Happy Pizza-ing!

Love,
MiniChefAlyvds

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