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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Blackberry & Apple Crumble Cake

cakes, desserts, apples

680 gm cooking apples
450 gm blackberries
75 gm caster sugar
1 juice and rind of 1 lemon
10 ml arrowroot mixed with
15 ml cold water
75 gm unsalted butter
75 gm caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
5 ml baking powder
75 gm ground almonds
225 gm plain flour
2 1/2 ml ground cinnamon
12 whole almonds to decorate

Peel, core and slice cooking apples and place in a pan with blackberries, sugar, lemon juice and rind and 45 ml water. Simmer gently for 10 mins until the fruit is just softened. Add arrowroot mixture and stir until thickened. Cool. To make the base and topping, blend together butter and sugar in a processor unti soft and fluffy. Add beaten egg, baking powder, ground almonds, flour and ground cinnamon and process until just crumbly. Turn mixture into a bowl. Grease and line a 23 cm springform pan. Turn out 2/3 of the crumble mixture onto a floured surface and knead gently together to combine. Use to cover base of prepared pan, simply pushing any cracks together. Spread cooled blackberry and apple mixture over base. Sprinkle reserved crumble mixture evenly over fruit topping and decorate with whole almonds. Bake at 350 F for 50 mins until pale golden. Serve warm or cold. Source: Woman Sept 20/93 From the collection of Karen Deck