It's been a bit quiet here on the blog for a while, and I'm sorry about it. My mind has been a bit elsewhere lately and the short time I've had for myself has been dedicated to some seriously needed relaxation - on some nights I've even been too tired to knit if you can believe it! After all, I always say knitting is my meditation!
First baby-Theo was sick. We still don't know what was wrong with him but he was just screaming without any apparent reason. We even had to spend one night at the hospital because they wanted to have him monitored to find out the cause. The doctors think that he might have had a bad reaction to some vaccinations he got earlier in the week, or maybe his little tummy ached, we don't know for sure. It's so hard when they are so little that they are not yet able to tell you where it hurts... He's fine now, so don't worry about him.
After that Magnus was away for a business trip for several days and me and Theo were home alone together for the first time. It was quite tough, and in the evenings when I got the baby to sleep I was so exhausted that I myself didn't have any energy left to do anything else but watch TV or go to bed early as well. I have a new found respect for single moms - you guys are rock stars, I don't know how you do it!
And now I have a flu (no fever, but sore throat and over-all tiredness) so I feel really bummed about that. I haven't got much to show you guys on the knitting front - I've been working on the sleeves for Magnus's Jackdaw pullover and a onesie for baby-T (or maybe I should be calling it a jumpsuit since it will have long sleeves and legs).
By the way, isn't this the cutest stitch marker ever? I got it as a customer gift from Liljan lankakauppa yarn store, where I order most of my yarns.
But back to the point. I wanted to share a really good apple pie recipe with you guys. This was actually the third time already that we made this pie, it's so good. Magnus loves pies and this is what he asked me to bake for him also a few weeks ago for Father's day, he listed the components he wanted into the pie and this is what we came up with. And as with all my recipes, it's gluten free :)
125 g butter
1.5 dl sugar
3.5 dl gluten free flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 large egg
vanilla according to taste
500 g apples (2-3), thinly sliced
almond tosca topping:
65 g almond flakes (about 1 dl)
1 dl sugar
75 g butter
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Whisk the sugar and butter until fluffy. In a separate bowl mix together the flour with the baking powder and gradually add it to the sugar and butter. Add the egg and vanilla, whisk until just about combined. (If the crust still feels too crumbly and dry, you can add another egg.) Press the mixture to the bottom and sides of your pie form, and add the sliced apples on top. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
To make the almond tosca topping put all the ingredients into a small saucer and heat until the butter has melted. Pour the mixture over the pie, and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the pie crust is nice and golden brown and the pie is well baked. Let cool for a while and serve with vanilla ice cream or as it is!