Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Apples in Shiraz & Cinnamon Doughnuts


An apple a day keeps the doctor away! True to that saying, I have made a lot of desserts made of apples---aside from the fact that I am eating them fresh most of the time. I love desserts and I think I was inspired to interpret apples in the form of doughnuts by a fellow blogger Ellie. This is actually my second doughnut attempt and I think I am pretty much alright. The first one was when I did the French Toast Doughnut of Nigella. That doughnut is sinfully good even though it's not the traditional round one but instead a typical French toast bread.

After Women's day celebration, days swiftly passed by and I couldn't notice whether it's weekend or weekdays already. I spend my time at work as an art-based creative during Mondays thru Fridays and as a chef in a small cafe on Saturdays and Sundays. I sometimes feel tired but most of the time I am happy with what I do so I hardly complain. The rewarding part of being busy rather than being idle is... the inner joy that comes from within. There will be a lot of upcoming events in Geisha Cafe where customers reserved the place for a celebration function. I am excited about it. Can't wait to train my cooks in the kitchen to get ready of this big task ahead. In the meantime, let me share this simple yet oozing dessert of mine.


APPLES IN SHIRAZ & CINNAMON DOUGHNUTS

Ingredients:

• Large apples (peeled/seeded/cut like the doughnuts)
• Shiraz wine
• Vanilla extract
• Cinnamon powder
• Brown sugar
• Flour
• Eggs
• Milk
• Baking powder (tiny portion)
• Confectionery Sugar
• Caster Sugar
• Oil (for frying)
• Butter (of course)

Procedure:

Heat pan with butter and fry the doughnut shape apples then add sugar and wine. Let the sugar melts and liquify then add vanilla extract and cinnamon. Simmer the mixture until the liquid thickens and evaporates. Wait for a few more minutes until the apples soften. Let it cool and set aside. Prepare a mixing bowl. Then add flour, eggs & milk then beat them all together. Add few cubes of butter, caster sugar and tiny portion of baking powder. Mix very well like a thick batter mixture. Then prepare a large Teflon pan fill it with oil. Let it heat then ready the cooked apples and batter mixture. Dip one apple at a time in to the batter mixture then fry. When finish frying let it cool on paper tissue to reduce oil. Then serve it on a plate and dash it with some confectionery sugar.

Looking forward doing Tiramisu or Pavlova next time...
Ciao mates!

big hug,
joanie xxx

6 comments:

Michael Toa said...

Joanie, I must warn you, I am dangerous around doughnuts. I have to be supervised when making them, otherwise I will eat all of them. :)
Those doughnuts look utterly delicious. You are lucky I am not there. hehe.
Also love tiramisu and pavlova!
Have a nice day.

Gordon said...

Hi - Thanks for recommending using a Teflon pan while making your doughnuts. I represent DuPont and it's always a pleasure to see people recommending our products in their recipes.

If you are interested in some other recipes or great cookbooks to look at for your blog, drop me an email and I would be glad to help you out! Thanks. Cheers, Sara

Sara said...

Hi - Thanks for recommending using a Teflon pan while making your doughnuts. I represent DuPont and it's always a pleasure to see people recommending our products in their recipes.

If you are interested in some other recipes or great cookbooks to look at for your blog, drop me an email and I would be glad to help you out! Thanks. Cheers, Sara

Joanie said...

MICHAEL, I have to prepare for the day we meet and have some cook-off and pigging out! lol! You will know the result of Pavlova and Tiramisu soonish :D

SARA & GORDON, Thanks for finding my blog. Like Jamie Oliver... I like Teflon. Just tell me your email address and website :)

RJ said...

This post is so timely, and suitable with my current location. A friend living in the nearby town (15kms away) gave me 7kilograms of apples the other day (he took it from his own backyard); and my place is just 50 kilometers away from the Clare Valley (wine) Region! Kung nandito ka Joanie, marami ka talagang mailuluto nyan.

Uhmn, apple crumble ang ginawa ko last Monday. U

Joanie said...

Oh I feel so envious RJ! When will be the day I get to migrate to OZ? I might take the regional sponsorship category. Go try this sumptuous apple recipe since you have tons of it! :D