Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The Zen of Kitchen Chaos

I'm such a lazy cook. I almost never use a recipe, and yesterday, I didn't even bother to peel the apples in the crumble.  

No-Wheat Vegan Apple Crumble
Baking by Feel

Apple Chunks - just roughly cut up however many apples you have lying around 
and boil until soft-but-firm in just a little water (hardly any). 
Tip into a baking dish, include the water. 
Sprinkle with cinnamon.

The crumble ingredients: rice flour, oats, oatbran (optional), coconut oil, sugar, salt, vanilla essence.

 Introduce a random amount of the various dry ingredients to the food processor, excluding sugar, 
in a combination that feels zen and right. Whiz it up a bit.

Try to avoid putting the moisture absorbing sachet in there. I have ruined a batch once by not realising the the gel had been added until I picked out the paper cover.  
The gel pellets were all through the mix :-/


Add some salt, the vanilla and however much coconut oil feels good. Then start adding the sugar.   Keep adding coconut oil and sugar, with frequent taste tests, until it seems about right.  
More coconut oil makes the crumble topping much firmer when it is cool.

It should look something like this when it's ready, more or less. Play it your way.

Assemble and bake for about 20 minutes, or when your internal timer suggests it is done.



If I'm cooking for visitors, I'll probably peel the apples and fancy it up with cranberries. 
I don't think you can mess this up, except by adding too much salt or sugar.  

This brings me to the only real rule of recipe-less cooking:
You can add, but you can't remove
(once an ingredient is in the mix, it's married for life)

Are you a recipe follower, or a 'go by feel' kitchen whiz?  

1 comment:

  1. Honora8:52 pm

    Yup. I'm a lazy cook too. Things tend to evolve. Thank goodness if it's too salty, the addition of a spud can help.


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