Monday, November 24, 2008

APPLE SPICE CHERRY CAKE

Yes that's exactly what you get when you dont have the exact ingredients printed on the recipe but make do with whatever you have in the refrigerator!!! Somewhat like life, i.e. you should learn to make yourself happy with whatever is available right now, instead of cribbing for what's not around - but do we do that??

.....hmmm..so yes I have been missing, but not because I didnt have the time to blog or anything, but because I've been lazy about blogging. I thought I'd lost it, and I was wondering if I would ever ever go back to it again, but something inside me just doesnt want to let go, and the result is this post, which I am going ahead with despite the fact that I dont have a picture of the cake.....

I think everybody comes across a phase in life, when you loose interest and nothing seems good. Mine came with Dad passing away - he left a void in me, a vaccum. I lost a friend, who meant so much to me, who said so much without saying a word, his eyes spoke of love - "unconditional love" - something which nobody else has ever been able to give me. There are times when I just look at his photograph, and run my hand across it, and there's a pain deep inside me which tells me how much I was a part of him, and how much I will miss him throughout my life ...I was his only friend. I was the only person who he actually poured out his heart to, maybe because at some stage I had made up my mind that I will just let him be him....after all he'd grown old now and maybe couldnt change himself for better or worse. So there were times, when I used to just call him and have him speak to me for hours. He used to speak to me till he had nothing more to say, and I used to just listen and listen. He never forgot to say "thank you" to me for doing that. I really am grateful to God, that he made me do that for him.

We all will agree that its never too easy to adjust with old people, people who have lived life their way, and soon they have everybody wanting them to live life in a different way altogether - dont we all overlook the needs of elders just wanting them to adjust a little bit here and there, or just give up that nagging habit of their's. I am not saying that we are wrong in expecting them to be a little more adjusting, but maybe we could remember the times when they were so much more tolerant towards our constant chattering, our unending flow of questions, our stuborrness to have our way, their not giving up on us when we were younger - arent we all not thankful for the efforts our parents / in-laws put towards bringing us / our spouses up the way we've been brought up...maybe we could do something to show that to them. A little tolerance could go a long way.

I think that's too much of "thought for the day".....I am getting down quick to the recipe, and you'll pardon me for not being up & about yet, but yes - I AM TRYING.

Ingredients

2 cups - shredded apple
3/4 cup - maida / refined flour
3/4 cup - atta / wheatflour
1/2 tsp - baking soda
2 tsp - vanilla essence
2 eggs - room temperature
3/4 cup - butter
1 cup - brown sugar
3/4 - candied cherries
1/2 tspn - cinnamon powder

Method
Cream the butter and sugar first
Add the eggs and beat again
Then add the vanilla essence
Seive the flours, baking soda, cinnamon powder together
Now add the dried ingredients into the wet ones & beat till well mixed
Finally add the cherries & apple
Mix well
I greased to loaf tins & baked for 50 mins at 160 deg C.

The result were two moist cakes.
My husband didnt like it all that much coz he's not very found of moist cakes, n neither do I, but my MIL liked it, and it quickly disappeared in the office!! To put the point forth - two loaves gone in two days!!!

So I guess its all about what tastes actually tickle your tongue!! Right??

Hope to be back soon.....

9 comments:

Happy cook said...

I love moist cake.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back !!! Its good to have you back.
& the cake was yum !!!
D

Sunshinemom said...

Shella, thanks for visiting my blog! I see you have been around much longer that me, and saw the reasons! I hope time heals your pain - sometimes you just have to let go. I know it is easy to say and hard to apply but there is no other way! Yes, tolerance is something we are short of and need to cultivate.

BTW - I browsed through many of your recipes. All of them are tasty! Congrats for the last Christmas' win too:)

Rachel said...

Hey welcome back..missed reading your posts.

that's a very nice post about your father. I am sure he must have been proud to have a daughter like you.

Shella said...

Happy Cook - thanks for dropping by.

Di - thanks for poking me every now and then to get back to blogging

Sunshine Mom - I really liked your blog and thanks for stopping by and browing my other recipes too. I really need some inspiration to hang on......

Rachel - hey thanks for such a warm welcome.

Aparna said...

Welcome back again, Shella. I'm happy to see you posting again after those pakodas.

Your spiced apple cake looks like the perfect way to usher in the Xmas season.

I'm sure your Dad is happy wherever he is. If you feel this, then his passing away will eventually become easier to accept. Take care.

niya said...

Hi Shella

Thanks a lot !!!!

Cheers

Soma said...

Hi Shella

Thanks for stopping by. I totally understand what u feel for ur dad. I lost my mom few yrs back, when she was very young to go, and i just went numb... i literally froze. almost 8 yrs after, & I still cannot dare to look even at her pic.... for i feel she is still there to say hello when i call, and she is not.

about ur question, about flaxseed... u wanted or did not want to use flaxseed? if u did not, just add another egg. If u wanted to substitute the egg, u woulld need to add more flaxseed.

hth.

contractors said...

thanks also for this recipe .. i love cake so much