Daniel Pfyl, hospitality management lecturer at Otago
Polytechnic, shares some professional techniques to make your
cooking easier. This month he demonstrates how to make a
gluten-free apple pudding.
Gluten-free apple pudding
700g cooking apples150ml water100g butter50ml liquid honey (3
Tbsp + 1 tsp)1 egg1 lemon, grated rind and juice1 tsp vanilla
essence75g ground almonds25g soy flour tsp gluten-free baking
powderGluten-free apple pudding served with frozen yoghurt.
1. Spray a flan dish.
2. Preheat the oven to 180degC fanbake.
Peel the apples if you wish - it's not necessary, unless the
skins are tough.
Skin adds more fibre and vitamins.
3. Cut apples into quarters, remove cores, then slice
4. Put in a pot with the water and simmer for five
minutes until apples soften but retain their shape. Drain and
5. Cut the softened butter into pieces and, using a
wooden spoon, mix and beat it until it is thick and creamy
and has increased slightly in volume.
6. Then add the honey and beat well until pale and
7. Add a pinch of the flour and beat into the butter
mixture. This will help incorporate the egg better.
8. Beat the egg lightly, then add about a quarter of
it to the mix. Beat in, then add the rest. The mix will
separate initially, but will come together again as you
continue to beat.
9. Grate the lemon zest with a microplane grater if
you have one. If not, lay a piece of clingfilm over the fine
side of a grater and grate the lemon on it.
10. This makes the zest easy to remove from the grater
as you can scrape it off the plastic with a knife.
11. Add the zest and the juice of the lemon and the
vanilla to the mixture and stir in.
12. Then stir in the sifted flour and baking powder
and the ground almonds.
13. Stir the cooled apples into the mix. It should be
14. Pour into the prepared flan dish and spread out.
You could also use individual moulds.
15. Bake at 180degC for 30 to 40 minutes until cooked
and golden brown on top.
Cool slightly before cutting into wedges.
16. Serve with yoghurt or frozen yoghurt.
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