Rhubarb and Apple Crumble and Russian Idioms

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There is a popular idiom in spoken Russian: “All in the chocolate”. Of cause it is not the language of good literature, but rather an expression you use among your cute fellow lads to sound easy and loose, and it means that all is fantastic, fabulous and dreamy. I doubt I had ever used it, as first I am not that cool type of gal, and second I had not had such a  phenomenal success yet. Until this Friday.
I came from my job, where I have a pretty exhausting project: I have 250 museums on my list, so I have to contact each and request the complete list of the exhibitions for 2015, and put in the system. Museums are unorganized institutions, who don’t respect deadlines and need to be watched like children. After a week of working as a psychologist, negotiating, praying and blackmailing where suitable, I came home on Friday with the dream of indulging myself. The aim was a perfect marble cheesecake. Apparently, it was a sign of solidarity with Tanya (see my tagline to learn who is she), who made a cheesecake for her party and shared with me a recipe and inspiration. So I came home and I was whisking, mixing, melting chocolate… the cheesecake looked fabulous, the oven reached the temperature and I was putting the baking dish inside when cheesecake suddenly slippered out of my hands and dropped on the floor. As we say in Russia “The bread is always dropping with the buttered side down”. As proved, cheesecake tends to follow the same pattern. The floor, the furniture, the oven were covered with a good and tempting level of chocolate. Finally I learned on my own skin how it is “to have all in chocolate”, which I can boast about among my friends. And I guess my newspaper owes me a cake, for making me exhausted to this extent.
Ok, so for tonight my cheesecake is crumble. A very good crumble though. 
Time of preparation: 40 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
Rhubarb________400 grams
Apples_________ 2
Sugar__________ 100 grams golden caster
Liquor_________ 2 tablespoons
Crumble: 
Self-raising flour___140 grams
Butter____________85 grams
Sugar____________50 grams muscovado
Walnuts__________ 50 grams
1. Chop rhubarb in pieces of approximately 5 cm, put in the pan, cover with sugar, pour in liquor (I used amaretto) or water if you do not want to use alcohol and simmer on the low fire for about 15 minutes – the rhubarb should become soft but not shapeless. Transfer it in the baking dish, leaving some of the juice in the pan.
2. Fry the apples in the preserved juice till they are brown and soft. Transfer in the baking dish.
3. Combine butter and flour, rub together with hands, when crumbles are formed add sugar and chopped walnuts. Mix, and cover the apple/rhubarb filling. Bake on 200C (400F) for about 30 minutes or till it is golden brown.

 

Viennese Apple Strudel

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This recipe is more than 100 years old one Austrian family's treasure

This recipe is more than 100 years old one Austrian family’s treasure

It’s not the classic strudel – in this version the dough is simpler. Nevertheless, this old recipe is amazing! The recipe is taken from http://www.fairiesandco.com/
Time of preparation: 100 minutes Difficulty: Middle
Ingredients:
For dough:
  • Flour______200 grams
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Butter_____100 grams
  • Sugar_____ 3 tablespoons
  • Yolk_______1
  • Pinch of salt
  • White wine_1 tablespoon
  • Milk_______1 tablespoon
For filling:
  • Sweet&sour apples__400 grams
  • Brown sugar_______ 3 tablespoons
  • Raisins____________40 grams
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon__________1/2 teaspoon
  • Walnuts____________2 tablespoons
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Rhum______________1 tablespoon
  • Breadcrumbs_______ 2 tablespoons
  • Raspberry jam______ 2 tablespoons
  • Egg white__________ 1
In the morning I had two unexpected guests: one was chasing the other in hope to get some piece of food the latter was eating. I have an eternal love to squirrels, so immediately I gave them all my nuts and all the rest which in my understanding squirrels can eat (actually they could eat a lot and were slightly on a fat side). AsI had no camera I decided to post here a picture or a Vienna squirrel I met in the Schoenbrunn park.

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Linzer Torte

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This recipe was inherited from an Austrian girl - so it is a "correct" Linzer Torte

This recipe was inherited from an Austrian girl – so it is a “correct” Linzer Torte

Time of preparation:  90 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
  • Flour_____250 grams
  • Almonds__100 grams
  • English Wallnuts_50grams
  • Cinnamon_1 teaspoon
  • Cloves___1/2 of a teaspoon
  • Sugar____ 3 tablespoons
  • Zest of a lemon
  • Butter____200 grams
  • Egg______1
  • Red current jam_300 grams*
*I used blackberry jam

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