Baking has always been something that I enjoyed doing. There was a time I used to prepare something, at least once every two weeks—be it a batch of cookies, brownies, or a multi-layered cake. Nowadays though, I find myself hard pressed to find time for it, what with graduate studies and all.

Last night, after noticing I haven’t baked even a single cookie for quite a while (… and days of prodding from the hubby, complete with a puppy-face look), I finally decided to end the abstinence. I prepared one of my favourites from when I was in Germany—Apfel-Streusel-Kuchen, or “Apple Crumble Cake”. It’s a bit fussy to make, but believe me the effort is all worth it ;o)


150g plain flour
pinch baking powder
100g sugar
2 tsp vanilla sugar
pinch salt
150g butter or margarine
1 egg

  • sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl; add the rest of the ingredients, then mix together into a dough
  • knead the dough on a flat working surface dusted with flour; if the dough becomes sticky, refrigerate for a while
  • roll out dough to line the bottom and sides of a 28cm springform tin; bake blind at 200-220°C (preheated) about 10-12 minutes
  • leave to cool

1.5kg apples, peeled, cored and diced
75g sugar
pinch ground cinnamon
75g butter

  • combine the filling ingredients together, then stew gently until the apples are soft
  • leave the mixture to cool slightly, then spread over the pre-baked base above

150g plain flour
100g sugar
2 tsp vanilla sugar
100g butter (cut in small pieces)

  • sift together the dry ingredients; add butter gradually, rubbing it into the flour mixture until it forms small lumps (or resembles fine breadcrumbs)
  • sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the stewed apples
  • bake at 200-220°C (preheated) about 40 minutes, or until crumble top turns golden

Best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


It’s here! It’s here!!

Yup, finally it’s here… my new toy! After a bit of waiting, and encountering a few scammers (more on this later…), my new MacBook has arrived– thanks dealusmaximus!

I’m really very excited about this. Although I’ve never worked with a Mac OS before, I’ve heard lots of very good feedback about it… The features that came with the bundle are so cool, I believe I’m going to have lots of fun learning to work with it ;o)

Note: This does not at all mean that my good ol’ Toshiba notebook is getting left out in the rain… His ownership now passes onto the hubby, who has been thinking of buying a new PC anyway (albeit he was planning on a desktop).

… virtually anything under the sun