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Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Muffins, pancakes and chutney!

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We had a long weekend over here this weekend with Friday being a public holiday. The thing with long weekends is that I take 2 days to get back on track afterwards! I spent most of my Friday baking and cooking, of course! Then on Saturday, I went to the cinema to watch Narnia - Prince Caspian. I love going to the cinema! And the movie was good. I loved the first Narnia and the second is worth watching as well.

Now, let’s go back to the goodies I baked and cooked on Friday.
Thank you for all your suggestions about the apples, they were really great! I made
fat-free apple and banana muffins, pancakes, apple and carrot chutney and apple sauce (that I used in the muffins).
I searched the internet for recipes and then just cooked out of my head (like I always do!) except for the apple and banana muffins. I just followed the recipe pretty much as it was.



I’ll start with the fat-free apple and banana muffins.
It’s the first time I tried fat-free muffins and they were nicer than what I expected they would be! They were spongy and moist.

The only change I made to the muffins was that I added some almond pulp to the dough. Almond pulp is the left over that I keep from making almond milk at home. I usually keep the pulp as I think they still contain quite some nutrients and fiber and I don’t like wasting them away. I also used only one banana as I only had one left. And as I was using only one banana, I decided to use apple sauce instead of juice. I made the apple sauce by pureeing some of the pre-cooked apples with a little water in a blender.

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The pancakes.
I did not look for any particular recipe for the pancakes. I just used my own basic vegan pancake recipe to which I added the pre-cooked apples. One thing that I should have added to the batter and I only realised this afterward, is some coconut milk powder. It makes a softer pancake.

If you want the recipe, here it goes:

Ingredients (5 pancakes)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or any that you prefer)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons coconut milk powder
1 cup pre-cooked apples
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl using a whisk or fork or in a blender except for the apples.
  • Stir in the apples.
  • (I don't use any oil for frying the pancakes. I use a non-stick pancake/frying pan.)
  • Scoop mixture using a large round spoon. Shape the batter on the pan toobtain a nice round pancake.
  • Cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until bubbles start to form and the bottom is stiff enough to turn over without risk of tearing.
  • Cook until other side is done.
  • Remove and stack them on top of one another to keep them soft.

For myself I made twice the amount in the recipe and ate 3 while I was cooking them! I shared the rest of course!

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And finally the Apple and Carrot Chutney.
I went through several recipes online and I did not quite have all ingredients that they were calling for. So I just made up my own recipe and hoped for the best! And it was nice! The proof is half of it is already gone since Friday. That’s nearly 2 cups of chutney!


Ingredients (for about 3 standard jam pots of 340g each)

2 cups pre-cooked apples (or about 3 cups of raw peeled and chopped apples)
1 medium grated carrot
1 onion, finely chopped*
2 cups brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
5-6 cloves
2 star aniseeds
2 teaspoons whole mustard seeds
1 cup spirit vinegar (it’s the only one I had. Other recipes have called for rice vinegar, pure cane vinegar or malt vinegar)
½ cup raisins (mixture of golden and black raisins)
1-2 dried chilies to taste (I used green chilies as I did not have any dried ones. I think dried chilies will allow the chutney to preserve for longer)

*Ooops! I just realised I also had 1 onion in the chutney.
  • Mix everything in a sauce pan and cook on low heat for at least 2 hours or until liquid has reduced.
  • Let cool and store in jars.
  • Refrigerate to keep for longer.

This apple chutney tasted very much like the sweet and sour sauces I usually add to stir fries. Next time I make a stir fry I’m going to add some of this chutney instead! That sounds good! Yum!

12 comments:

  1. Man, those waffle look amazing! I wish mine looked that perfect =)


    You should try the fat-free Cattor Cake Muffins from Happy Herbivore...they are to DIE FOR!!!

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  2. Apple and Carrot chutney with star anise! Brilliant! I vote for you to have EVERY friday off so that you can keep making uber inspiring dishes!

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  3. Mmm.. pancakes are my favorite food group! Hehe!

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  4. I'm not lying when I say those are the most perfect pancakes I've ever seen. Nice job!

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  5. shelby: I've had a look at the Carrot cupcakes! They do sound great! With the icing they'll be even better! Thanks for this. I'll try them!

    vegancowgirl: Star anise really brings out more fragance to the chutney!

    lauren: and yes they are so quick and easy to make too!

    jennycestcake: well my first 2 pancakes of the batch were a bit amoeba-shaped and slightly toasted! It's always like this whenever I make pancakes until I get the pan at the right temperature.

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  6. Oh man those pancakes look so good! What a genius idea to add cooked apples to the pancakes! Genius!!

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  7. Everything looks absolutely mouth-watering! That chutney sounds divine!

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  8. Thanks for the nice ideas! In winter, the guy at the farmer's market I go to only has kale and bad looking apples, so it's nice to get some ideas to use the apples!

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  9. Hi
    Nice blog. Where do you get your Coconut Milk Powder from please as the only brand I can get isn't vegan.

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  10. jeni treehugger, I get coconut milk powder in my local supermarket over here in Mauritius. They are in the baking section next to canned coconut milk. I am not too sure where you would find them in Spain. Do you have any Asian or Thai shops over there? Or maybe Health shops?

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  11. Hi! Thanks for linking to my recipe for apple banana muffins! Your photos are so beautiful - I'd love to republish them on my site, with credit and a link back to your site, of course. Let me know if you'd like to share! Thanks - Jolinda at vegetarian.about.com vegetarian.guide@about.com

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  12. Gauri Radha गौरी राधा2 December 2010 03:03

    Been a while since I've had vegan pancakes. Those look marvelous :-)

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