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.

 

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Sweet Potato Cake

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A great idea if you are bored with cheesecakes, but don’t have time for a proper dough

Time of preparation: 60 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
For crust:
• Digestive biscuits__250 grams
• Cocoa powder_2 tablespoons
• Butter________80 grams
• Sugar________2 tablespoons
For filling:
• Juice of 1/2 lemon
• Sweet Potatoes___500 grams
• Sugar________120 grams
• Eggs_________2 medium
• Cinnamon____1 teaspoon
• Nutmeg______1 teaspoon
• Amaretto_____1 tablespoon

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Vegetable Strudel

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A salty version of the famous Austrian dessert is delicious and very easily can be adjusted for a vegan diet

A salty version of the famous Austrian dessert is delicious and can be easily adjusted for a vegan diet

I am quite crazy about strudels, and after making classic Apple Strudel I decided to try with a salty version to take as a lunch to job. It came out very nice, as usual vegetables and cheese you can pick up up to your preferences and tastes. I think mushrooms would fit here perfectly. I think it is also a good idea to try it with beer dough like in this recipe Anyway, indeed a very nice main dish idea worth trying it.
Time of preparation: 60 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
For dough:
  • Butter______100 grams
  • Water______ 70 ml
  • Flour_______200 grams 
For filling:
  • Onion______1
  • Carrots_____1
  • Eggs_______1 (optional)
  • Aubergine__ 1
  • Zucchini____1
  • Cheese_____50 grams
  • Broth

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Simili Apple Pie

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Sisters Simili are twins from Bologna, who are famous for their recipes, based on the ancient food traditions of Bologna.

Time of preparation: 60 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
  • Flour______150 grams
  • Baking Powder_1 teaspoon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Butter_____50 grams
  • Sugar_____ 120 grams
  • Eggs______3
  • Pinch of salt
  • Milk_______100 ml
  • Apples____1kg
  • Cinnamon__________1/2 teaspoon

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Balkan Cheese Pie

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A real treasure for all cheese-lovers! Amazing combination of cheeses and aubergine wrapped in the perfect dough will make this pie of your favorites!

Time of preparation:  90 minutes Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients:
For dough:
  • Self-raising Flour___200 grams (or plain flour+1 teaspoon of baking powder)
  • Butter____________100 grams (softened)
  • Sour cream_______ 100 grams
  • Salt______________1/2 teaspoon
  • Yolk_____________ 1
For stuffing:
  • Feta_____________100 grams
  • Cottage Cheese___130 grams
  • Gauda Cheese____100 grams
  • Aubergine________1
  • Potato___________1
  • Egg_____________1
  • Flour____________1,5 tablespoons
  • Coriander

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Cake with Jam

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The recipe was inspired by three different cakes

The recipe was inspired by three different cakes

Once I made crostata and my bf told: that’s tasty, but dough became wet from jam, and it should remain dry. So after a while I invented this dough – as coconut helps to keep dough crunchy.

 

Time of preparation:  90 minutes Difficulty: Easy
 
Ingredients:
 
Flour_____2,5 cups
Butter____ 175 grams
Coconut chips_2/3 cup
Sugar Powder_ 1 cup
Salt______1/2 of a teaspoon
Yolks_____2
Lemon Juice (optionally)
Jam______300 grams (I used blackberry jam)

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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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