Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Baked Apple for Emma

Emma by Jane Austen tells you about the life of Emma - a clever, rich, spoilt girl and the way she deals with life.Simply speaking,the story full of parties,balls etc in England starts with Emma hating Knightley but ends up being engaged to him .Now to give it a filmi twist,Knightley is her Didi ka Devar.Before you start thinking about the film,lets think how food comes to play in this.

I have read only abridged version which mentioned no food and when I searched for a bit elaborate version the first thing that appeared was the term apples-baked apples,tarts,apple harvest, apple season etc.Baked apple seemed to be the chosen dish of the story and so I went ahead with it,but used the microwave.

Apple: atleast 1 big
Cinnamon powder
Ginger powder
Walnuts: handful
Salt: very small pinch

Mix all the filling ingredients together in a bowl.

Cut the stem of the apple and core the apple keeping the bottom intact.Refer Elise's Baked Apple recipe for directions.

Spoon the filling into the apple.You can fill 3/4th of the apple.

Keep the apple in a microwave safe bowl and add in around 1/4 cup of water into the bowl such that the end of the apple is immersed in water.

Microwave on 100% power for 2 minutes.

The water will start bubbling and the apple will get cooked and the juices may start flowing out of the apple and sometimes filling may get pushed out if the apple is filled completely.

Remove from the oven. Let it cool for few minutes and then remove slowly from the water bath.

Serve warm cutting into wedges/halves or as such(if small) along with your choice of accompaniments like ice cream, maple syrup, whipped cream ,jam etc or as such.

You can use as many apples as you like though the cooking time increases with each addition.I tried only 1 apple first and it came out in 2 minutes.You can use your choice of filling as well.

So Emma this is for you and also your creator Jane Austen but I am sure you may not have thought of such an inventionespecially living in Georgian England.Now Lets see what other bookclub members made for Jane Austen and her heroines

Simran made Tropical Fruit Tart for Emma
Rachel also Chose Emma and made Apple Tart
Aparna has send Crumpets for Emma
Aquadaze presents Butter Cake inspired by Elizabeth Bennet of Pride & Prejudice


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