Apple walnut crumble

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I love apple crumble especially in winter !  It is my go to dessert when I have people over or just for the family.   This time, I tried to make it healthy by adding walnuts and using rolled oats instead of only flour.  Walnuts add a nice dimension to this classic dessert.    It tastes heavenly with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on the top.

What you need:

4 apples peeled and cubed

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup flour (maida)

3/4 cup sugar

100 gm butter chilled

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Juice of half a lemon

How to make:

  1.  Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon  and butter.
  2.  Use your fingertips to add mix the butter into the flour mixture till it becomes crumbly.  Throw in the chopped walnuts.img_7827
  3.   In an ovenproof dish, add the cubed apples.  Toss the apples with lemon juice, a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of the flour mixture.
  4.  Spread the walnut flour mixture evenly over the apples and dot with butter on top. 

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5.  Bake for about 25-30 minutes till golden brown.

6.  Serve hot with vanilla ice cream.  Enjoy!

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Walnut and Mushroom soup

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I love walnuts in recipes and when I saw Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe of Walnut and Mushroom soup, I just had to make it.  The walnuts in the recipe eliminate the need of adding any cream or flour to the soup and thus make it very healthy and nutritious.  This soup is perfect for winters and was a hit at a recent lunch which I had.

What you need:

1 onion finely chopped

2 garlic cloves chopped

1/2 cup walnuts chopped

2 cups sliced mushrooms

1 cup water

3 cups milk

1 tbsp butter

salt to taste

pepper to taste

How to make:

  1.  In a deep pan, heat the butter.  Add the sliced onions and saute till they change color.  Throw in the chopped garlic and saute for another minute.
  2. Now add the chopped walnuts and stir well.

3.  Now add the sliced mushrooms to the pan.  Mix all the ingredients well together.  At this time you can add the salt and black pepper and stir well.  Pour 1 cup water and  cover and cook the mushroom and walnuts on low heat for 10 minutes.

4.  The walnuts and mushrooms are now soft.  Add the milk to this mixture and let it cook for another 5-7 minutes.

5.  Now using a hand blender, blend the mixture well till it becomes smooth and creamy.

 

6.  Serve hot with a baguette!