I was craving some real dessert the other night so I opted to make the classic Apple Sponge ^___^ I was kinda getting bored of the “Here's an ice-block for dessert“ thing.
For dessert in Japan, what I have found is that they usually eat light things, like fruit. I always thought it was strange when a single peach would be brought out of the fridge, with everyone crowding around watching it being peeled and sliced, and then divided amongst everyone, using toothpicks as the choice of utensil.
At first I thought, OK... maybe they didn't have time to make some real dessert or forgot about it or something.... But it wasn't until one time I was given about 10 grapes as dessert that I started to question what was really happening here. I was even more mortified when everyone started to peel their grapes and then eat them. Who does that?? No one I know in NZ does that.
In New Zealand, when we say dessert we mean pudding and trifle and pavlova and ICE CREAM and custard and cream! The works! None of this healthy business! You can imagine my disappointment every time that peach comes out of the fridge when I'm visiting with friends.
Back to the sponge, this is exactly what I needed. I finished it off with some warm custard (Edmonds of course) and just about licked the bowl!
So quick and easy. Jun liked it. I liked it. Beats a slither of peach and peeled grapes any day.
Here's the recipe (taken from allrecipes.com.au):
1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced in thin sections
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 cup (125g) self-raising flour
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a pie dish.
2. Heat the apples in the microwave until softened. Heat butter in microwave until softened.
3. Put butter and caster sugar in food processor and mix until light and fluffy. Add egg, flour and milk alternatively.
4. Place hot apples into pie dish and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over them, pour cake mixture over and bake on middle shelf in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes in pre-heated oven.
5. Serve with vanilla ice cream or custard.