Friday, 12 November 2010

Eternal sunshine of the spotted apple

David told Marina he never really celebrates his birthday. He also told her that his birthday is November 11th. Five minutes later he had completely forgotten about sharing this information with Marina. Marina didn't. She took note and when time came, she started another managerial project of hers, the kind of project she knows no rival and where she exceptionally exceeds any expectation of success: "let's celebrate and have a party".
Sure, as David doesn't really celebrate his birthday, we had to change the project in "let's celebrate and have a surprise party".

As present for the birthday boy, we settled for an unicycle, as we know he used to unicycle in the past (well, the day we found out David can't do something will be the day the world comes to the end...). Then Marina took care of most of the cooking, Enric made tortilla, Mikel brought some peppers and I, well, what could I do? I settled for the cake.

Some days ago my colleague Vasi brought me some apples. He's got an apple tree in his backyard and nobody picks them or use them. I think it's a shame, because they're real local food, no pesticides, grown and ripened as apples have been doing in centuries. OK, they're not shiny as the one in the supermarket.
And they got spots all over. But leave them rest 1 day on the kitchen counter, peel them and use them for a cake or for a snack and man, they're the most delicious treat you'll ever get!
I ate one yesterday afternoon and it reminded me of the apples of my grandparents garden: you always had to open them, because there was always the risk of finding some little bug living there (just to prove, perhaps, that squatting might be a natural condition), but they tasted of apples! 
It seems an obvious thing to say, that an apple tastes of apple. But this morning I had a supermarket apple and it tested a bit of lemon and a bit of mango, with some hint of apple here and there.
Only thing left to do was to find a recipe for the zero kilometers apple. And here it is!

zero kilometers cake

I found a very good one in an Italian forum, by a girl named Paola and you can find it here but, if you don't speak Italian, here's the translation:


Short pastry300 g flour
150 g sugar
150 g ricotta cheese
3 egg yolks
2 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt

400 g ricotta cheese
4 tbsp sugar
2 apples
cinnamon (I overdid, as usual)
(3 egg whites, I didn't put them in, if you want to use them, beat them stiff first and add them as last ingredient)

Mix all the ingredients for the pastry, make a ball, wrap it in cling film and leave it to rest in the fridge for at least 10 mins.

Mix the ricotta with the sugar and cinnamon and later add the apples cut into pieces.

Roll the pastry into a cake tray (I used a 24 cm one) and level the filling in.
Bake at 170-180° for 45 minutes (check with a toothpick if it's ready).

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