Quince and Apple Jam (vegan) / Pekmez od dunje i jabuke (veganski)

Since it is the apple (and all its related fruits) season, we are inventing ways to use up all of the produce in interesting ways. My parents gave me a few quinces, so I decided to make a small batch of jam. This jam is very tasty and creamy and didn’t require too much effort at all. I’m very much looking forward to smudging it on my toast, yum.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 5 jars / 0.44 EUR per jar / 2.20 EUR for all)

6 quinces (1.33 EUR)

3 apples (0.40 EUR)

2 cups water (–)

2 tbsp lemon juice (0.27 EUR)

1 and ½ cups sugar, divided (0.20 EUR)

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METHOD:

Prepare the jars and lids by washing them in hot soapy water. Wash, core and finely dice the quinces and apples, making sure to discard any suspicious looking bits, but leave the skins on everything intact. Add the diced fruit to a pot together with water, lemon juice and a cup of sugar and place on a medium-high heat. Set your oven to preheat to 170°C (we’re getting to this part later on).

Once the fruit mix reaches a boil, stir occasionally and cook for 20-30 minutes, until the fruit softens and starts breaking apart. Remove from heat and pulse with an immersion blender into a fine mash. Stir in the remaining sugar and taste the jam to see if it needs more sugar. Return to a medium-low heat and cook for additional 3-4 minutes, while stirring constantly. Be really careful, as it’s gonna bubble up a lot at this point. The pectin in quinces and apples is going to make this jam quite thick, so you might need to add a splash more of water to dilute it a bit.

Distribute the jam between prepared jars and wipe the rims clean. Put the unopened jars in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, so a protective crust can form on the jam. Remove the jars from the oven, carefully seal and allow them to cool completely at room temperature before storing in a dark cool place.

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Pošto je sezona jabuka (i svog srodnog voća), smišljamo razne zanimljive načine kako da sve te plodove iskoristimo. Moji roditelji su mi poklonili nekoliko dunja, pa sam odlučila napraviti malu turu pekmeza. Konačni proizvod je jako ukusan i kremast te je bio gotov prilično brzo. Ne moram vam ni objašnjavati koliko se veselim tome da ovaj pekmez razmažem po vrućem komadu tosta, mljac.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 5 teglica / 3,30 kn po teglici / 16,50 kn za sve)

6 dunja (10,00 kn)

3 jabuke (3,00 kn)

2 šalice vode (–)

2 žlice limunovog soka (2,00 kn)

1 i ½ šalica šećera, podijeljena (1,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Prvo si pripremite teglice i poklopce tako da ih dobro operete u toploj vodi sa deterdžentom. Operite, očistite i na kockice narežite dunje i jabuke, s time da na svemu ostavite koru. Samo pazite da dobro očistite i bacite sve sumnjive dijelove. Narezano voće ubacite u lonac skupa sa vodom, limunovim sokom i šalicom šećera, pa sve stavite kuhati na srednje-jaku vatru. Stavite pećnicu da se grije na 170°C (do tog dijela dolazimo kasnije).

Nakon što sve zakipi kuhajte još 20-30 minuta uz povremeno miješanje, sve dok voće ne omekša i ne počne se raspadati. Maknite lonac s vatre i štapnim mikserom propulsirajte u glatku kašu. Umiješajte preostali šećer i probajte pekmez da vidite ako mu treba još šećera. Vratite na srednje-nisku vatru i kuhajte još 3-4 minute uz stalno miješanje. Budite jako pažljivi, jer će sada pekmez jako bublati. Obzirom kako su dunje i jabuke pune pektina, pekmez će biti jako gust pa ćete možda morati dodati još malo vode da ga mrvicu razrijedite.

Raspodijelite pekmez po pripremljenim teglicama i dobro obrišite rubove tegli. Stavite otvorene tegle u zagrijanu pećnicu na 10-15 minuta, kako bi se na pekmezu napravila zaštitna korica. Izvadite tegle iz pećnice, zatvorite i ostavite da se skroz ohlade na sobnoj temperaturi prije nego ih spremite na tamno i hladno mjesto.

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Quince and Apple Jam (vegan) / Pekmez od dunje i jabuke (veganski)

Upside-Down Apple Cake / Naopaki kolač od jabuka

It’s apple season which means we all have some extra apples rolling around. Lucky for you, this cake is just the thing to make! It comes together super quickly and in a single bowl.

I decided to make my cake with crème fraiche because, frankly, that’s what was in my fridge. But sour cream, yogurt or buttermilk would also work. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to adjust the milk amount accordingly and maybe add a bit more sugar to balance out with the sourness. Also, you can easily sub sunflower seeds with chopped walnuts if that’s your thing.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 cake / 4.25 EUR)

For the apples:

4-5 apples (0.80 EUR)

3 tbsp sugar (0.02 EUR)

1 tbsp cinnamon (0.13 EUR)

1 tbsp lemon juice (0.13 EUR)

For the batter:

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

2 cups crème fraiche (1.33 EUR)

½ cup milk (0.07 EUR)

4 tbsp butter, melted (0.53 EUR)

1 tsp cinnamon (0.07 EUR)

½ cup sugar (0.07 EUR)

3 cups all-purpose flour (0.30 EUR)

1 tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp baking soda (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

1 cup sunflower seeds (0.27 EUR)

Additional:

Butter for greasing the pan (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Butter a square baking pan and line it with parchment paper, then set aside. Wash, peel and core the apples. Dice the apples up and toss them together with sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. You’ll maybe need to add a bit more sugar if your apples are tart, but mine were quite sweet. Evenly distribute the apples on the bottom of a prepared pan and set aside.

Use the same bowl in which you’ve tossed the apples and whisk in it the eggs with vanilla, crème fraiche and milk. Pour in melted butter and stir to incorporate. Add in cinnamon, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until just combined, then fold in sunflower seeds. Pour the batter over the apples and gently shake the pan to even out. Bake for 40 minutes, until the cake is deep golden brown and a skewer inserted inside comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool completely in its pan before flipping it over on a cutting board. Carefully peel off the parchment paper and cut the cake into squares. Serve at room temperature.

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Pošto su jabuke u sezoni i ima ih na sve strane, ja vam donosim jedan super recept za kolač, koji ne samo da ćete pripremiti jako brzo, nego ćete i za cijelu pripremu uprljati samo jednu zdjelu.

Ja sam smjesu radila sa mileramom jer je to iskreno ono što nam se našlo doma. Ovdje bi kao zamjena svakako funkcionirali i kiselo vrhnje, jogurt ili kiselo mlijeko, međutim ako se odlučite za jednu od tih opcija, onda svakako prilagodite i količinu mlijeka i možda dodajte još mrvicu šećera da izbalansirate kiselinu. Također, i suncokretove sjemenke možete slobodno zamijeniti sjeckanim orasima ako su vam oni draži.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 kolač / 31,72 kn)

Za jabuke:

4-5 jabuka (6,00 kn)

3 žlice šećera (0,15 kn)

1 žlica cimeta (1,00 kn)

1 žlica limunovog soka (1,00 kn)

Za smjesu:

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

2 šalice milerama (10,00 kn)

½ šalice mlijeka (0,50 kn)

4 žlice maslaca, rastopljene (4,00 kn)

1 žličica cimeta (0,50 kn)

½ šalice šećera (0,50 kn)

3 šalice glatkog brašna (2,25 kn)

1 žličica praška za pecivo (0,10 kn)

½ žličice sode bikarbone (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

1 šalica suncokretovih sjemenki (2,00 kn)

Dodatno:

Maslac za namastiti protvan (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Namastite pravokutni protvan i obložite ga papirom za pečenje, pa ga stavite na stranu. Operite, ogulite i očistite jabuke od peteljki i koštica. Narežite jabuke na kockice, pa ih pomiješajte sa šećerom, cimetom i limunovim sokom. Ako su vam jabuke kiselije, možda će vam trebati još malo ekstra šećera, ali moje su bile baš slatke. Jabuke ravnomjerno rasporedite po dnu pripremljenog protvana.

Upotrijebite istu zdjelu u kojoj ste pripremili jabuke i u njoj razmutite jaja sa vanilijom, mileramom i mlijekom. Ulijte u smjesu rastopljeni maslac i promiješajte da se sjedini. Dodajte cimet, šećer, brašno, prašak za pecivo, sodu bikarbonu i sol. Promiješajte tek toliko koliko treba da se sastojci sjedine i onda nježno umiješajte suncokretove sjemenke. Smjesu rasporedite po jabukama i nježno protresite protvan da se sve poravna. Pecite 40 minuta, dok kolač ne bude zlatno-smeđi, a testni štapić koji upiknete ne izađe čist.

Pustite da se kolač skroz ohladi u protvanu prije nego ga iskrenete na dasku za rezanje. Pažljivo skinite papir za pečenje i narežite kolač na kocke. Poslužite na sobnoj temperaturi.

Upside-Down Apple Cake / Naopaki kolač od jabuka

Cheap and Sweet Quick Apple Cake / Jeftini, slatki i brzi kolač od jabuka

A while ago we bought two large 15 kilo crates of apples. While we obviously do eat a ton of apples, some of them we’re a bit bruised and bumped, so we needed to figure out what to do with them quickly. We decided to juice them, but I felt really bad about throwing away all the leftover pulp so this cake was born.

Since the pulp I used was pretty dry, I did add a cup of the fresh apple juice too, but it was mostly the foamy, murky leftovers no one was particularly interested in drinking. However, I think shredding about 4 large apples together with their skins would be an accurate substitute of the pulp and juice that went into this cake. But if you’re also juicing, this recipe might be a good idea to look into if you’re throwing away a ton of leftover pulp. I think it would also work for a bunch of different fruits and certain vegetables like carrots and beetroots.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 cake / 2.44 EUR)

For the batter:

2 eggs (0.40 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

½ cup yogurt (0.20 EUR)

2 cups apple pulp (0.27 EUR)

1 cup apple juice (0.27 EUR)

¼ cup sunflower seed oil (0.20 EUR)

2 cups all-purpose flour (0.20 EUR)

1 cup finely ground sunflower seeds (0.13 EUR)

4 tbsp sugar (0.03 EUR)

1 tsp baking powder (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp baking soda (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

1 cup raisins (0.67 EUR)

Additional:

Oil for greasing the pan (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 200°C and lightly grease a baking pan with a bit of oil. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, yogurt, apple pulp, apple juice and oil, until it is all well incorporated. Add in flour, ground sunflower seeds, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, then stir everything together to combine. Fold in the raisins and transfer the batter to a prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, until crispy and golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean (a crumb or two are also fine). Allow to cool to room temperature before removing from the pan and slicing.

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Pred neko vrijeme kupili smo dva velika sanduka od po 15 kila jabuka. I dok je očito da jedemo puno jabuka, neke od njih su bile malo nagnječene i natučene, pa smo trebali brzo odlučiti što dalje s njima. Odlučili smo se napraviti svježi sok, ali meni je bilo žao baciti svu pulpu koja mi je od toga ostala, pa je tako nastao ovaj kolač.

Pošto je preostala pulpa bila dosta suha, odlučila sam u kolač ubaciti još i šalicu svježeg soka od jabuka, ali to su uglavnom bili oni mutni pjenasti ostaci koje nitko nije bio zainteresiran popiti. Međutim, mislim da bi oko 4 veće jabuke, naribane skupa sa korom, bile dobra zamjena umjesto kombinacije pulpe i soka koju sam ja stavila u receptu. S druge strane, ako isto cijedite sokove, ovaj recept je super način da iskoristite pulpu koju inače bacate. Mislim da bi jednako dobro funkcionirao sa većinom drugog voća, kao i sa određenim povrćem kao što su mrkve ili cikla.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 kolač / 17,37 kn za sve)

Za smjesu:

2 jaja (3,00 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

½ šalice jogurta (1,50 kn)

2 šalice pulpe od jabuka (2,00 kn)

1 šalica soka od jabuke (2,00 kn)

¼ šalice suncokretovog ulja (0,75 kn)

2 šalice glatkog brašna (1,50 kn)

1 šalica fino mljevenih suncokretovih sjemenki (1,00 kn)

4 žlice šećera (0,20 kn)

1 žličica praška za pecivo (0,10 kn)

½ žličice sode bikarbone (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

1 šalica grožđica (5,00 kn)

Dodatno:

Ulje za namastiti protvan (0,10 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C i lagano sa malo ulja namastite kalup za pečenje. U zdjeli razmutite jaja sa vanilijom, jogurtom, pulpom od jabuka, sokom od jabuka i uljem. Ubacite u smjesu brašno, mljeveni suncokret, šećer, prašak za pecivo, sodu bikarbonu i sol, pa sve dobro promiješajte da se sjedini. Na kraju nježno umiješajte grožđice i smjesu preselite u pripremljeni kalup. Pecite oko 30 minuta, dok kolač ne bude hrskav i zlatno-smeđi, te čačkalica ostane čista kada upiknete kolač (mrvica-dvije su isto ok). Pustite da se kolač ohladi na sobnu temperaturu prije nego ga izvadite iz kalupa i razrežete.

Cheap and Sweet Quick Apple Cake / Jeftini, slatki i brzi kolač od jabuka

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal (vegan) / Zobena pita od jabuka (veganska)

Oatmeal is my most common and most beloved breakfast choice, so I’m constantly looking for ways to make things interesting and diverse. The recipe below yields a big batch and reheats great, which is just what I like as it means I have breakfast situation sorted out for the whole week.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.29 EUR per serving / 1.74 EUR for all)

1 banana (0.27 EUR)

¼ cup sunflower seed oil (0.05 EUR)

3 tbsp ground flax seed (0.10 EUR)

3 tbsp sugar, divided (0.04 EUR)

1 tbsp ground cinnamon (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp ground ginger (0.07 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

1 ½ cup warm water (–)

2 cups instant oats (0.27 EUR)

½ cup raisins (0.40 EUR)

2 apples, peeled and cubed (0.40 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Mash up the banana, then whisk together with oil, ground flax seed, 2 tablespoons of sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt and water. Add in the oats and stir until combined, adding a splash more of water if necessary. Fold in raisins and apples, then transfer the batter in a baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of sugar and bake for 45 minutes, until crispy and slightly browned. Serve warm, on its own or with a splash of milk.

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Zobena je kaša za mene najčešći i najdraži izbor doručka, pa stalno tražim načine kako da stvari budu zanimljive i raznovrsne. Ovaj recept daje veću količinu koja se super podgrijava, a to je baš ono što meni odgovara jer znači da imam riješene doručke za cijeli tjedan.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 2,16 kn po porciji / 12,96 kn za sve)

1 banana (2,00 kn)

¼ šalice suncokretovog ulja (0,40 kn)

3 žlice mljevenih sjemenki lana (0,75 kn)

3 žlice šećera, podijeljene (0,30 kn)

1 žlica mljevenog cimeta (1,00 kn)

1 žličica mljevenog đumbira (0,50 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

1 ½ šalica tople vode (–)

2 šalice sitnih zobenih pahuljica (2,00 kn)

½ šalice grožđica (3,00 kn)

2 jabuke, oguljene i narezane na kockice (3,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 180°C. Izgnječite bananu i razmutite sa uljem, lanom, 2 žlice šećera, cimetom, đumbirom, soli i vodom. U to umiješajte zobene pahuljice, a po potrebi dodajte još mrvicu vode. Na kraju umiješajte grožđice i narezane jabuke, pa raširite smjesu po posudi za pečenje. Posipajte sa preostalom žlicom šećera i pecite 45 minuta, dok se sve ne zahrska i malo posmeđi. Poslužite toplo, samo za sebe, ili sa mrvicom mlijeka.

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal (vegan) / Zobena pita od jabuka (veganska)

Classic Apple Strudel / Klasična štrudla od jabuka

Apple strudel is just the thing when you need to quickly whip up a desert. Or when you have a ton of apples at hand. It’s simple, delicious and can hold for a couple of days in the fridge. Of course, nothing beats the taste while it’s still hot, fresh from the oven. But, you can prep and wrap the rolls beforehand and just pop the tray in the oven an hour before you need it done.

INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 10 very generous servings / 0.38 EUR per serving / 3.85 EUR for whole)

1 pack (10 sheets) of phyllo pastry (1.60 EUR)

10 medium sized apples (1.33 EUR)

4 tbsp butter, divided (0.47 EUR)

4 tbsp sugar, divided (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp cinnamon (0.10 EUR)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (0.03 EUR)

½ cup raisins (0.26 EUR)

½ cup milk (0.06 EUR)

Butter or vegetable oil for coating the baking tray (0.01 EUR)

Powdered sugar for serving (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease large baking tray which can hold all 10 strudel sausages and set aside. Alternatively, you can also divide strudels between smaller trays, so grease those accordingly. Unwrap stacked phyllo pastry sheets on flat clean surface to allow the dough to rest a bit. In a small saucepan on stovetop, or in a cup in a microwave, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Wash, peel and grate the apples, discarding the cores. Pour melted butter over grated apples, add 3 tablespoons of sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and raisins and mix everything well using a spatula or your hands. Put about 2 heaping tablespoons of the apple filling on each pastry sheet, arranging it in a single line through the sheet’s length. Gently wrap the pastry sheet and place on a prepared tray. Repeat until all filling and pastry sheets are used up.

Place baking tray in a center of the oven and bake for around 30 minutes, until strudels are golden brown and crispy on top. Meanwhile, melt the remaining tablespoon of butter with milk and remaining sugar and simmer until the mixture warms up. You can also use microwave for this step. When the strudel is done, turn the oven off, drizzle warm milk mixture over it, carefully (it’s going to be very hot!) cover the tray with aluminum foil and place in still warm oven for 15 minutes. The liquid will soften the strudel and make it amazingly yummy and juicy. If you’re a fan of a crispy strudel instead, skip this step.

Allow strudel to cool for about 15 minutes before serving, sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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Štrudla od jabuka je prava stvar kada trebate na brzinu smutiti desert. Ili jednostavno imate hrpu jabuka pri ruci. Jednostavna je, ukusna i može stajati i do nekoliko dana u hladnjaku. Naravno, ništa nije bolje od svježe, tek pečene štrudle. Ali možete sve pripremiti i zamotati štrudlice unaprijed, i onda ih samo staviti da se peku sat vremena prije nego ih trebate gotove.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 10 veoma izdašnih porcija / 2,83 kn po porciji / 28,34 kn za sve)

1 paket od 10 listova za savijače (12,00 kn)

10 srednjih jabuka (10,00 kn)

4 žlice maslaca, podijeljene (3,50 kn)

4 žlice šećera, podijeljene (0,05 kn)

1 žličica cimeta (0,07 kn)

1 žličica ekstrakta od vanilije (0,20 kn)

½ šalice grožđica (2,00 kn)

½ šalice mlijeka (0,50 kn)

Maslac ili ulje za namastiti pleh za pečenje (0,01 kn)

Šećer u prahu za posluživanje (0,01 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 180°C. Namastite veliki pleh za pečenje u koji stane svih 10 štrudli i stavite na stranu. Naravno, možete podijeliti štrudle i na manje protvane, pa si onda namastite njih. Razmotajte listove za savijače na čistoj ravnoj površini kako bi se tijesto mrvicu opustilo. Na štednjaku u malom lončiću, ili u mikrovalnoj u šalici, rastopite 3 žlice maslaca. Operite, ogulite i naribajte jabuke, a bacite kocenove. Prelijte rastopljeni maslac preko jabuka, dodajte 3 žlice šećera, cimet, vaniliju i grožđice, pa sve dobro promiješajte špatulom ili rukama. Dužinom svakog lista za savijače, u tankoj liniji, raspoređujte oko 2 vrhom pune žlice nadjeva od jabuka, pa nježno zamotajte i slažite u namašćeni pleh. Ponavljajte dok ne potrošite sav nadjev i listove.

Stavite napunjen pleh u sredinu pećnice i pecite oko 30 minuta, dok štrudle ne postanu hrskave i zlatno-smeđe. U međuvremenu rastopite preostali maslac, dodajte šećer i mlijeko, pa kuhajte dok se ne ugrije. To također možete napraviti i u mikrovalnoj. Kada je štrudla pečena ugasite pećnicu, pa prelijte smjesom mlijeka. Pažljivo (jer je jako vruće!) prekrijte pleh aluminijskom folijom i stavite u ugašenu pećnicu na 15 minuta. Štrudla će od tekućine omekšati i biti baš sočna i fina. Ako više volite hrskavu štrudlu, preskočite ovaj korak.

Ostavite štrudlu da se hladi 15-tak minuta prije posluživanja. Poslužite posipano šećerom u prahu.

Classic Apple Strudel / Klasična štrudla od jabuka