Thursday, November 15, 2007

...put in our thumbs and pulled out a plum

"Wedding bells are soon to ring" and there's still a lot of work to be done. I made a trip back to Ipoh to help around the house and the hantarans. Accompanied my parents to source out for the bunga telurs and helped my sis and brother in law to paint the worn out gate and chairs. The biggest challenge was to help my mum decide on things. She is indecisive to the point of endangering herself from my father's temperament and I do so admire her valor. We went from one shop to another and in the end she still didn't place her order. The price was one of the many issues considered, and with the price of everything rocketting, I don't blame her for not making up her mind. She still hopes to find something in her budget frame. A penny saved is a penny earned.

Anyway, as a reward for every one's hard work, I made them German Plum Streusel. Plums are my father's favourite fruit. Phoned my brother to bring vanilla ice cream over and the streusel experience was complete! even though the rest of the work was not.*laughs* We were all Little Jack Horners that day.

Little Jack Horner

Little jack horner sat in a corner,
eating his christmas pie:
he put in his thumb, and pulled out a plum
and said, “what a good boy am I!”

German Apple-Plum Streusel
Source : Katie
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
6-7 medium unpeeled plums, thinly sliced
5-6 medium unpeeled golden delicious apples, thinly sliced
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup cold butter
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1-2 tablespoon milk

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs and extracts until blended. Beat mixture on high speed for 3 minutes. Combine the flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture. Spread the batter into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Arrange plum and apple slices over batter.
For streusel, combine the flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; stir in pecans. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. For glaze, whisk confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over streusel.

4 treats:

Hanafi Mohd Noor said...

Lama dah tak makan apple macam tu.

Aidan's Mama & Papa said...

i love weddings. my life used to be weddings. i get a certain rush over weddings (not attending weddings but making and planning one). glad everything's on the way! now's the best time wiz! the kecohness and the ramai ramai-ness!

and plums... i love plums. i've never tried cooking/baking with them yet, but this is one good reason why i should try!

Akmal said...

Aiya. Kalu hari2 macam ni.......

Salina said...

I love to see the hantaran, bunga pahar, bunga telur, the pelamin and the table decoration during weddings! Make sure you take loads of pictures of the items that i've mentioned ya!