I don’t do cooking but I’m procrastinating hard at the moment. With November not far away and two unfinished first drafts waiting for me, I’m doing everything I can to avoid it.
So I’ve learned to “bake”. Sort of.
Here’s a vague recipe if you too want to make a mess of your kitchen.
Some apples. 5 maybe?
50 grams of sugar (the only thing measured and only because I asked the partner for some sugar).
Sultanas – around 50, if you have to count?
Aunt Bessie’s shortcrust pastry mix.
- Core and peel apples. Cut them into slices
- Put them in a pan, pour on boiled water from the kettle. Put it on the highest heat setting to get it going. Or don’t. It all depends on how your job works.
- Preheat oven to around 200℃ I cook everything at 200℃. It’s a nice number.
- Get a bowl and a small child (optional). Dump all of the pastry mix in the bowl and get small child to help you spill inaccurate amounts of water
on the floorinto the bowl.
- Mix pastry mix.
- Add more water to pastry mix.
- Shoo cat away moments before he gets his tongue in the mix.
- Stir apples and empty out some of the excess water.
- Shoo away cat.
- Pastry should now be a blob of doughy stuff. This is good. Get small child (more than one if you have them) to roll out pastry and fight over which rolling pin they want.
- Line casserole dish with pastry.
- Check apples are stewed. They should be very mushy. Pour out excess water. Stir in sultanas. Add to casserole dish.
- Cut other half of rolled out pastry on the top as a lid. Cut away excess pastry. Get partner to make amusing shapes out of left over dough.
- Brush with milk and put it in the oven.
- Cook until golden brown (probably between 30 and 45 minutes)