New Zealand is my Home (and the wonders of microwaved apples)

I’ve been home for just about a month, and in that time I have been doing studying and studying and learning to drive (YAY) and neglecting this blog and cooking and recovering and shivering because its only just hitting spring. But anyway I am so glad to be back: New Zealand is so familiar and the winter (when we had missed most of it) seemed cozy and comforting when we first got back. In the pouring rain I might add. Typical New Zealand! Our suitcases were a bit soggy.

And the recipe: In those chilling hours of boring old maths, I remembered a delicious little treat that takes 1 minute to prepare and 3 minutes to zap the healthy goodness out of in the microwave, thus turning it into a really delicious fluffy, self saucing, tangy, cinnamoney treat.

Here it is: the 3 minute baked apple!

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So it’s very basic: just wash a nice crispy apple (if you are a good person who bothers to do this) and cut out the core. Put it in a microwave safe bowl or ramekin.

 Put a teaspoon of butter (optional) in the middle. Fill up with currants or raisins, then sprinkle cinnamon over.

Microwave for 3 minutes (it may take longer or shorter depending on the power of your microwave – our one is quite powerful) until the apple is soft and fluffy, and a sticky caramel sauce is drizzling out of it. It will smell delicious too.

Wait for it to cool slightly before devouring.

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On my weird photo: It actually isn’t that delicious looking in my quick messy instagram photo (I wasn’t very interested in taking photos – I wanted to eat) but it is. Truly. 🙂

On microwave poison: I know microwaves probably aren’t the most healthy way of cooking an apple. But I still felt healthier than eating a piece of cake. And then there’s the WORST I suppose, which is a delicious cookie in a mug. This is a combination of cake and microwave. Oh well, I like it! Yum I say.

On sugar and dairy free: I categorised this as sugar and dairy free, as the butter is only an optional unhealthy additive, and the only sugars are fruit sugars.

Enjoy! Becca 🙂

5 Minute Peppermint Creams

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For those days when your craving something sweet and you’ve run out of everything yummy. I often whip these up before we watch a movie, when we don’t have anything else tasty.

 This takes 5 minutes, requires no cooking, and doesn’t need overnight setting in the fridge before you can eat them! Drizzle chocolate sauce over for an easy peppermint-choc taste, or dip these in real chocolate and make your own creamy after dinner mints!

5 minute peppermint creams

(all ingredients are estimates. You sort of keep adding icing sugar until the consistency is how you want. It’s very easy!)

 -1 tablespoon butter, softened

-dash of milk

-1-2 cups icing sugar

-peppermint essence to taste

In a small bowl, cream all ingredients together. Keep adding icing sugar until you reach the desired consistency. (firm and mouldable, easy to shape into balls or roll out)

Roll out on a floured surface and cut into squares or triangles. You can also use mini cookie cutters to get cute flowers or hearts.

If you want to make as little mess as possible, and you want to eat these as soon as possible, just break off bits of mixture and roll into balls.

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Have it with chocolate sauce and chocolate chips.

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I used my homemade Chocolate Coffee Syrup, which works great as a dessert topping and dip as well as for coffee.

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They are creamy and addicting without the chocolate too, though! Enjoy this very easy, delicious treat!