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Apple Compote

Not only for Christmas…

I fancied something different for afternoon tea today, instead of a cake. Not that this treat is difficult to make. Not at all!

You need this for two servings:

2 medium sized apples – preferable those crisp, juicy, a bit tart apples.
Peel them and cut into about half an inch big pieces. (1 to 2 cm) Make some smaller and some a little bigger. Put the pieces in a pan and add water till just above the apple level.

A handfull of dried plums – without stones!
Cut them in small pieces and blend with the apple.

Add a big tablespoon of honey, about a teaspoon of grained cinnamon, a pinch of grained clove (optional), a dash of fresh lemon juice and some zest of orange and lemon.

Cook until the apple pieces are almost done. Taste it to a balance between the sweetness, the tartness and the spices. Then take the pan off the heat and add while stiring, a tablespoon of potato starch blended in half a cup of water (about 1 dl). Very quickly the fruit-mix will thicken and you don’t have to pour all of the starch mix in the pan, if you think it’s thick enough without.

I served myself this wintery treat luke warm with some roasted pumpkin seeds and ice cold coconut cream.

P.S! DON’T use wheat flour in this to thicken it!
Maize starch might do, but with the potato starch you get a clear jello-ish look of the compote. I don’t know what it would look like if you use tapioca as thickener. We usually don’t use that in Sweden.

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(First posted dec 23, 2014)

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

I have always loved chocolate! And when I got the idea to add cocoa-powder to the chiapudding – I did so! And it became sooooooooo delicious!

To one serving (well…) you’ll need:
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • about 1,5 deciliter liquid – I always use the creamy coconut milk so I had half of that and half water. Later you’ll need a bit more coconut milk.
  • a dash of vanilla
  • some ginger (optional)

Blend this together and let soak for at least 45 minutes. Stir at least once while soaking so there will be no lumps.  After soaking, add – and this might be difficult –

  • one heaped tablespoon of cocoa powder – or more if you’re really keen on chocolate
  • coconut milk/cream – and that’s the tricky part. NOT. TOO. MUCH.

The cocoa powder soaks up the coconut cream, but since you want this pudding to be rather firm, not rinny, add just a little at a time. Probably you just have to add something like a tablespoon. But if the pudding anyway becomes too rinny, you can always add some more cocoa powder. … hehe… me chocolate lover…

You can, if you want, spice the pudding with f.ex. ginger, cinnamon, chili, lemon zest, orange zest… or anything else of your liking.
Perhaps not all spices at the same time though…

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When serving the pudding, put it in a glas, bowl or cup of some sort. Then add:

  • Mango cubes
  • Strawberries
  • Drizzle hemp seeds on the top and
  • Some extra coconut cream

And ofcourse, you can add any berries and/or fruit.

Only the imagination is the limit!

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… and I can share this treat with a friend…