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I am travelling tomorrow to my home town, Karachi, Pakistan to spend Eid holidays with my family. This Eid is called Eid-ul-Adha and is celebrated on every 10th of last month of Islamic calendar. On this Eid Muslims sacrifice animals to remember Hazrat Ibrahim’s (PBUH) obedience to Allah. 


I recently received an award from Memoria. She is a new food blogger, started around the same time as me but have come up with some great recipes and pictures – both are criteria of a good blog for me. Her recent entry of white cake is the one I am looking forward to try. As per blog award rules, I have to answer 35 questions in one word. So those of you who are interested, go to the bottom of this post. Thanks Memoria.






Winding up home for holidays is never easy and specially the food stuff. I try to bake-away of whatever is left, cheese, cream, butter etc. Usually three fruits come regularly in our house, apples, bananas and oranges. But sometimes, there is bad luck for some and they do not get eaten. Such was the condition of apples lying around in fruit basket with their wrinkled skin. They were hopeless but I try my best not to throw away things. Thats where my baking ideas creep in and I ‘tastespotted’ (this is my new google for recipe search) since I am a highly visual driven person. In my view, if it looks good then it tastes good. Seven recipes of apple cake that looked mouth-watering. Finally I was settled down with Zahavah recipe which had canola oil instead of usual butter since I was short on butter too (remember I am travelling :)). Another plus of this recipe is, it is so easy to make except the apple coring and slicing part. So far so good. I was all set to give it a try. When it came out of the oven, it looked delicious and after few clicks when I sliced to have a bite, it was awesome. The inside is soft and the apple chunks melt in your mouth while top is brown and crispy. Yum. This recipe is definitely a keeper. So next time, when you have apples waiting around to get consumed, stir up this cake and your family will love it. Perfect to accompany an early winter afternoon tea.




Apple Cake


adapted from koshercamembert


Ingredients:


Apples 4-5
Butter 2 tbsp
Sugar 2 tbsp
Lemon 1 tbsp


For Cake:
Flour 1 cup
Sugar 3/4 
Eggs 2
Canola Oil 1/2 cup
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Vanilla 1 tsp
Demerara Sugar 2-3 tbsp


Method:
1. Peel, core and thickly slice apples.
2. Squeeze lemon juice on it and mix.
3. Melt butter, add in apples and sugar.
4. Cook for 5 minutes until bubbly.
5. Place all cake ingredients in a bowl and beat it at low speed until combined.
6. Mix in half of the apples.
7. Pour it on a greased 9×4 inches rectangular pan or 9 inch round pan.
8. Spread rest of the apple mixture and sprinkle demerara sugar on it.
9. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 1 hour at gas mark 4 until golden brown and crisp crust is formed.



And here goes the answer of 35 questions. 


1. Where is your cell phone? Table
2. Your hair? Curly

3. Your mother? Best
4. Your father? Caring
5. Your favorite food? Pasta
6. Your dream last night?
7. Your favorite drink? Water
8. Your dream/goal? Business
9. What room are you in? Bedroom
10. Your hobby? Baking
11. Your fear? Animals
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Business Owner
13. Where were you last night? Mall
14. Something that you aren’t? Careless
15. Muffins? Chocolate
16. Wish list item? Kitchen Aid
17. Where did you grow up? Karachi
18. Last thing you did? Dinner
19. What are you wearing? Jeans
20. Your TV? LCD
21. Your pets? None
22. Friends? Few
23. Your life? Busy
24. Your mood? OK
25. Missing someone? Mum
26. Vehicle? Accord
27. Something you’re not wearing? Socks
28. Your favorite store? Tavola
29. Your favorite color? Black
30. When was the last time you laughed? Yesterday
31. Last time you cried? Today
32. Your best friend? Mom
33. One place that I go to over and over?
34. One person who emails me regularly? Client
35. Favorite place to eat? Fuddruckers