A fruity week this week. And a rogue one as well. Yes, what you see up there is not the expected apple rice pudding. I’m not a big fan of rice pudding and although I am willing to give it a try, I just didn’t feel like making it this week. Reading through the recipe list, it seemed just a tad bit too complicated for my very hectic week. But I did have another apple dessert in mind.
I actually did this rather on a whim. I was actually going to skip this week’s FFwD, but really couldn’t bear the thought of having yet again another recipe to catch up. After all, I had all those apples sitting in my fridge for more than a week, just begging for attention. So I turned to one of the very first recipes done on FFwD: Marie-Hélène’s Apple Cake. And would you believe, I made this at 11 pm before I went to bed, exhausted after a long day. It was that easy. Well okay… I did grumble while chopping the apples. But that’s about the most difficult part. The rest was just a breeze. I popped it in the oven, and off to bed I went. Well in truth, I woke up every quarter hour because I always feel uneasy about having the oven turned on when everybody’s asleep. When it was finally done, I gladly went to bed again.
We had this for breakfast and the first thing that came to mind was: wow BOOZY! I liked it. But the texture kinda threw me off. It was bread-pudding-y… clafoutis-like. It reminded me of a Sharlotka. Not something I expected from a “French” apple cake. And because I used just one kind of apple, I did not have that “surprise” in every bite. My favourite part was the crust. So I decided to put it back in the oven for another half hour or so. It still came out pudding-y but the texture did improve a bit to my taste. My husband didn’t really like it, although he appreciated all the rum that went in it. I guess we both liked the taste but not so much for the texture.. A miss this time.
The next morning I made another easy recipe from Dorie – Nutella Tartine. I used fresh oranges, subbed peach jam for the marmalade and used pecans instead of hazelnuts. It was simple, fresh yet felt fancy enough for a weekend breakfast.