It’s been raining really heavily for the past few weeks, which makes it perfect weather to stuff myself silly with a warm apple crumble cake. If only I had some vanilla ice cream to top it off, that’ll be perfect.
Ice cream’s good for any weather. Okay maybe not, I remember freezing my butt off in Prague while eating their famous ice cream in a doughnut cone. That was the only time in my life that I regretted buying ice cream. But in Singapore, ice cream is good all day and every day.
Ok today’s post is not on ice cream, anyway, but on this perfect apple crumble cake. When you can’t decide whether you want cake or crumble, you make both. The cake base is a basic cake with the addition of yogurt because yogurt makes everything fluffy and soft. My apples are cut into slices but if you’re a cube person, then cut yours into cubes! The star is definitely the crumble.
I’ve tried making crumble a lot of time and I’ve always been making them wrongly. Because no one ever teaches you how to make proper crumble >: I used the rubbing in method which resulted in sand-like crumbles. Bleah. The best crumbles to me are those huge big bulky blocks of flour-butter-sugar and you make those with your fork. It’s so simple. Just fluff your fork around while you drizzle in the melted butter and you get those glorious crumbles!
Ingredients for the crumble
1/3 cup dark muscovado brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 (113g) cup salted butter, melted
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
for the cake
1/2 cup (113g) salted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp all spice
3/4 cup greek yogurt
5 green apples, sliced
Directions for the crumble
1. Whisk the sugar, ground cinnamon and all-purpose flour together.
2. Pour the melted butter into the dry ingredients while fluffing with a fork to make crumbs.
3. Place crumble in the fridge.
for the cake
1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius
2. Prepare a 9 inch baking springform pan, lined with baking sheet.
3. Using a cake mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
4. At low speed, add in eggs one by one.
5. Add in yogurt.
6. Add in the flour.
7. Fold in sliced apples or alternatively, you could arrange the sliced apples neatly after pouring the batter.
8. Pour batter into the tin.
9. Top with crumble.
10. Bake for 1 hour until skewer comes out clean. Transfer to wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
A beautiful country known for its beaches and islands, Croatia has become a popular tourist destination. More popular destinations in Croatia include Split and Dubrovnik. Day trips to nearby islands or waterfalls are often made from these places, but if you are looking for a chill holiday, you can turn those day trips into overnight stays.
Possible day trips from Split include
2. Krka waterfalls
Possible day trips from Dubrovnik include
1. Mljet Island
2. Elafiti Islands
However, I did not manage to fit all these trips into my itinerary for Croatia but I’ll be writing in detail about the trips I managed to make. One thing I realized about Croatia is that there is limited information available about the destination itself, so I’m trying to plug in the gap here to make it easier for future travellers:>
Top things to do in Split would be to
(i) hike up Marjan hill for the great views
(ii) wander around the town
(iii) visit the markets
The hike up Marjan hill was tiring but well worth it because of the gorgeous view. There are many viewpoints on the hill overlooking the Adriatic sea, making it a relaxing afternoon trip. As the sun sets, head down the hill and have dinner at Konoba Marjan which is conveniently located at the foot of the hill. If prices aren’t to your liking, there are many other good restaurants located on that street, one of which includes Café Sperun.
Wandering around Split by foot is one of the best things you can do in Split. The Diocletian Palace or what remains of it, makes a nice attraction and photo. I suggest passing up on the Diocletian basements because there isn’t much to see. Besides the palace, there are small narrow streets with interesting restaurants and random flea markets. There is also a Zara and Bershka for the shopaholics like me. Prices of these shops are definitely cheaper than in Singapore/ Asia.
Must visit markets in Split would be the daily market located near the bus terminal and the fish market located in the Diocletian palace compound. The daily market, opened from 8am to 2pm, has a section dedicated to fresh produce and local products, and another section dedicated to souvenirs. So if you’re looking for trinkets to buy back, the daily market is the place to go. The fish market is an interesting sight, with the fishermen displaying their catches and using metal weights to weigh the fish. If you stay in a self-catering apartment/ airbnb and love to cook, do consider purchasing some fish or mussels from the market and head home to cook. We did just that, and bought 2kg worth of mussels at only 15 kunas per kg. It was our first time cleaning and cooking mussels but the hearty pot of mussels at the end was worth the effort. Though our airbnb host left a bad review for us for messing up her kitchen. Oops!
1. Buffet Fife
Very popular amongst tourists and even locals because of its generous portions. Trust me, the portions here are gigantic for the price you pay. I ordered a fish soup and grilled bream, cooked Dalmation style at prices easy on the pocket. Croatian fish soup reminded me of home because soup is such a Cantonese thing and a regular feature at home cooked meals. The fish soup, served in a huge metal bowl, was very tasty and had rice in it. Our fish came in a large silver platter, with 2 fishes for each person. In Croatian standards, 2 fishes is a double serving. Restaurants usually serve 1 fish per portion. In some sense, you win some and you lose some because the fish wasn’t the best I’ve tasted but with that price and portion, Fife still wins my heart.
Trumbićeva obala 11, 21000, Split, Croatia +385 21 345 223
2. Konoba Marjan
Marjan is THE place for fish. Portions are comparatively small though but the fish you get is one of the best in town. I tried the fish platter for two which was a nice, holistic tasting platter of ocean fish. The platter had scampi, Class I fish like Tuna (with a delicious sear) and Class II fish like hake. Service was fantastic too, with the waiter patiently bringing out the catches of the day on a silver plate and explaining it to us twice with a wide smile on his face.
Senjska 1,Split 21000, Croatia +385 989 346 848
This eatery is located on the second floor of the building but do not fret, because it is super easy to spot. It can be found in the same building as Billa in the Old Town. Their prices are standard, about 120 kunas for a fish main and 90 kunas for a risotto. Must tries are their grilled fresh fish and the cuttlefish black risotto. The risotto was the best I’ve tried in Croatia.
Ul. Pavla Šubića 5, 21000, Split, Croatia +385 21 332 549
4. Kantun Paulina
Looking for Croatian street food? Pauline serves authentic Cevapi, a minced beef sausage that is pocketed in warm fluffy bread, topped with the local red pepper salsa, at 25 kunas. The perfect thing to get if you need a quick meal on the run or maybe some fuel after climbing Marjan Hill.
Matošića ul. 1, 21000, Split, Croatia +385 21 395 973
I fell in love with the Matcha-Black Sesame Frosting when my father scooped
both those flavours into the same bowl at a dinner buffet in Hokkaido. Have I told you how delicious Hokkaido ice cream is??? It was so good that I even ate it for breakfast hahahaha.
Anyway, the combination is so amazing, it definitely needed to be translated into a cake form.
Y’s birthday was today and tadah, no surprise that he loved matcha (everyone does) so it was a perfect opportunity to use the matcha and black sesame that I brought back from Japan.
At first, I was going to follow mynameisyeh’s recipe to the T but the cake didn’t seem very nice to eat. It looked pretty but there’s more to cakes than appearances right? (as with everything, I hope)
So I was basically free styling a matcha cake and hoping that everything would turn out good, especially since it was someone else’s birthday cake.
I figured buttercream could be replaced with yogurt, since the purpose of both ingredients was the same, which was to make the cake moist. In addition, I replaced the boiling water with boiling milk to add more taste to the cake. Lastly, the directions in the original recipes were so vague, I had to come up with my own way of making the cake, with past experience of course.
So I present with you my Matcha Cake with Black Sesame Frosting 🙂
Makes 3 layers of 6 inch round cake or 2 layers of 9 inch round cake
2 1/2 cup plain flour
1 cup caster sugar
4 tbsp matcha
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup yogurt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup boiling milk
4 tbsp black sesame, toasted
2 cups butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius
2. Line a 6 inch round tin with baking paper
3. Sift plain flour, baking soda, baking powder and matcha powder together. Mix in salt.
4. Using a paddle attachment, beat sugar and oil until smooth and well-mixed
5. Add yogurt and continue beating for 1 minute
6. Add in eggs one by one until well-mixed
7. Using a spatula, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
8. Fold in the boiling milk
9. Pour batter into lined baking tin (divide batter into 2 / 3 batches depending on tin size) and bake
10. Check for doneness at 25 minute mark
11. Beat black sesame, butter and icing sugar together, adjust icing sugar according to desired sweetness
12. Frost the cake and enjoy!