So how has everyone been dealing with the winter blues? (Unless you live someplace like Australia!). Life has been moving way too fast. I intended to post this last week but never could. It has become double hard to leave my bed in the morning. But when I finally force myself to go to college, I never regret it. Who would regret a place where you see so many people you love? Almost everyday, there are endless taunts, someone getting dissed and guess what? A plate (or two) of Dahi Baray (Pakistani Street Food!) shared between many. I can be a big preacher about healthy eating and abolishing fast food, but when it comes to me and my friends, there’s no stopping us ;)
Almost everyday, one of us forgets to bring lunch money (on purpose, probably) and then we feast on a poor friend’s pocket money. Totally evil right?
Only a few months have established the fact around that I’m a baker. One day, when our Sir was relating a story about a student of his giving him a home baked cake which he managed to finish over a span of TWO days, a friend who was sitting many rows before me, started pointing at me saying ‘She knows how to bake!’. By that time, many eyes darted in my direction and I was thinking “Omg! What is she up to now!”
Another day, I took a newly bought cookbook to college, and it was passed around so many hands and everyone oohed and aahed over how gorgeous all the pictures looked. The question I got most was, ‘Have you tried something from it yet?’ which I hadn’t since I had just bought it. Then everyone said that I simply had to bake something from it for them. -_-
It’s not like I have never taken any goodie for my fellows. But in a class of 64, I can’t feed everyone unless I prepare for days ahead. Which brings forward the fact that ‘I just don’t have the time’.
As I write this, I just gotta tell that today, on a teacher’s birthday, we all had planned a surprise for her. There were cakes to be around, decorations and the evil snow spray. A day or two ahead, my friend suggested that I could bake something specially for the teacher. I gave the idea a thought a two and I ended up baking some muffins (the frosting was grainy but I had to make do anyway) and gifting them to her in a basket. Since I had some leftovers, I passed them around a few people. Someone suggested ‘You should give up college and open a bakery. You’ll earn lots’
This cake was something I baked after a long baking hiatus. It seemed perfect for the cold weather and apples? Yum. The vedict was definitely worth it. I found it was even better warmed in the microwave the next day. However it was extremely goeey. Take a look at the ingredients and you’ll find why.
Writing this post, I had a constant smile on my face. Hope it brings one to yours too ❤
Fresh Apple Spice Cake-Adapted from AllTheCooks
2 cups apples (peeled & chopped)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup nuts (chopped)
1. Preheat oven to 176 C.
2. Pour sugar over the apples, stir around and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
3. Add the oil and the egg. Stir.
4. Add the dry ingredients after sifting them. Add the nuts.
5. Bake in a greased and floured cake pan (Bundt, Tube etc)