When I am feeling particularly lazy but need Lunchbox treats for the week I like to whip up a batch of Brownies. They are so easy to make and are a sure hit…the challenge will be to make them last for the week!
This recipe is passed along to me from O-Mommy. O-Mommy was the Grande Dame of the Kitchen. She wasn’t just a good cook she was a good Home Maker. She tended the garden, raised the chooks and turned the farms yields into scrumptious meals. O-Mommy, you are my Hero.
My German Grandmother passed along this recipe. Cinnamon and apples are always a great combination and this recipe is a fabulous blend of the two resulting in a moist, flavourful snack cake. You can dress it up by splitting it, adding a dollop of whipped cream, garnishing with another bit of whipped cream and a very light dusting of icing sugar and cinnamon.
Just another sleepless night.
On the plus side, I got heaps of work done that I did not get done at the office yesterday and probably would not have got around to today.
The thing about sleepless nights is that you have to just accept it, not get angry and for heaven’s sake, get up and DO something! I used to read in order to try to go back to sleep but, meh, HAVING to wear glasses when I read has changed all that. Forget about late night television; we don’t have cable, just free to air, thereby making late-night selections even worse. I suppose I could watch some old faves on Netflix but that would entail creeping around the dark bedroom, trying not to wake my husband and looking for the iPad. Why don’t I watch Netflix on my ‘puter, you ask? Because it is upstairs in the office and yes, I may have a comfy ‘puter chair but it is not THAT comfy that I can fall asleep in it. That is what I love about the iPad; I can lay on the sofa, rug up in heaps of blankies and be somewhat comfortable if I do happen to fall back to sleep.
A new thing that I find myself doing more often is cooking our dinner in the middle of the night! It makes sense, though, doesn’t it? Because heaven knows I will be completely out of steam by dinner time! There is something about the smell of something simmering on the stove that is just so calming. This morning it is a lovely rich spaghetti sauce bubbling away on the stove. Will it help me catch a few extra ZzZ’s? Not likely, but I will be content knowing I have made my late afternoon less hectic.
Last night when I couldn’t sleep I started researching Gittekuchen beacause Kristina is looking for a new base for her Pumpkin Cheesecake. I fondly remembered the Gittekuchens that O-Mommy used to make and thought that might be something she could investigate. But now I have a massive craving for Gittekuchen! O-Mommy always made hers with fresh Plums or Plum Jam and I just happen to have Plum Jam in the pantry. And since it happens to be Thanksgiving this weekend, perhaps I will make a Plum Gittekuchen to take with me to the family dinner.
While the rest of Canada celebrates Thanksgiving this weekend, I am also celebrating being home for one year! The time has flown by! It is so good to be home in Beautiful British Columbia and to be close to family and friends. Do I miss Australia? I miss: Woodgate Beach, Brisbane, The City Square Library in Brisbane where I spent heaps of time! The Riverwalk along the Brisbane River where I used to run, friends and family, and I often think of the Grade Two class at St.Joseph’s.
Luke and I have had a fabulous year; we have a house we are currently calling home, a beautiful Chev Cruze, a cat (he came with the house), a dog, our children and grandchildren are close by and we have spent many hours hiking in the BC mountains. I think hiking is one of the things we missed most while we were away. And the four definite seasons that we have here in Canada. Summer was pretty short this year though! We did luck out with a glorious Indian Summer before the days started getting shorter and gloomier.
Luke and I drove all over BC during the summer. We both saw parts of BC we have never seen before. We loved the peace and tranquility of Northern BC but I am sure that comes with a price.
My German Grandmother used to make this all the time! I think traditionally it is made with Apples but O-Mommy always used fresh Plums, in season or Plum Jam when they weren’t in season. She also used Apricots or Peaches when in season. Plum Gitterkuchen is my fave! Apple is a close second though!
2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup milk
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Preheat oven to 375F (190C)
Lightly spray a 24cm Tart/Quiche pan with Vegetable Oil spray; set aside.
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together.
Make a well in the centre; into the centre add butter, milk, egg and vanilla.
Mix together using your hands.
Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead for a few minutes.
Roll dough out to 24 cm circle 1.25cm thickness, and place in prepared pan.
Spread a thin layer of jam , over the dough. Or layer with fresh fruit; Italian Plums, pitted and halved, Fresh Peaches, pitted, peeled and sliced, Apricots, pitted and halved.
Bake in preheated 190C oven for 25 – 30 minutes.
Remove from oven to cool.
Serve warm with a dusting of icing sugar or a drizzle lightly with a glaze.
Warm out of the oven with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream? The best! Brings back memories of the summer I spent sitting in the kitchen of the big old farm house in the eastern Townships in Quebec!
*NOTE: I change things up on the spur of the moment sometimes. I had watched a youtube vid on gittekuchen because O-mommy’s recipe looked..off. The vid was in German so I didn’t understand a word of it! But I did like the coconut (or it could have been ground almonds, which would also work nicely) and slivered almonds that the presenter sprinkled on top before adding the lattice.
**Secondly, I couldn’t find my flan pan (somethings just seem to disappear after years in boxes; maybe my flan pan decided it would move onto a better cupboard and actually get used more than once every 10 years!) I used a 25cm springform pan which worked very well other than having to fuss with the “fluted” edge a bit.