07 January 2010

Flavors of Chile

Someone gave me a small promotional cookbook that was produced to highlight the cuisine of Chile. Flavors of Chile is a kind of a glorified church fundraiser cookbook in a slick format.

There is no exposition and a few typos, but basically, it is quite a nice little cookbook, featuring some easy and interesting recipes. It makes me want to eat more Chilean food. The book is heavy on seafood, but offers a good mix with vegetables, and sweets. The plain little translations of the recipes are a bit funny.

Sometimes, you find some really nice little cookbooks in the guise of a publicity brochure. This apple dessert is an easy take on a tarte tatin and really deserves a better moniker than "apple dessert". Keep in very thin and serve with a bit of cream.

Apple Dessert
Postre de manzana
6 cups apples, peeled and cored and in thin slices
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 a lemon, its juice
2/3 cup brown sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted frozen butter, in lumps
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup grated coconut
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to high heat. In a bowl, mix the fruit with half the cinnamon, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon sugar. Pour the mixture into an 8 inch square or 9-inch round baking tin.
2. Place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor, including the remaining cinnamon and sugar, and process for a few seconds until coarsely mixed. Spread the mixture over the apples in the tin and bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top is golden and the apples are cooked. Serve warm or at room temperature.

You just never know where you might find nifty little recipes.

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