Today is Croatia's Independence Day...so Sretan Dan Neovisnosti to all my Croatian friends and readers. It is a public holiday, which means that everything is closed. I got to spent all day at home and catch up with some housework like ironing and other such mundane tasks I've been putting off for quite sometime now.
After of about an hour of steaming, tacking and folding I was thoroughly bored and in desperate need of something creative. Normally I would paint, but I think I suffer from "painter's block" - if there is such a thing - because I haven't painted anything new since June. Maybe it's my impending move to Athens, that is interfering with my right brain signals making it difficult to visualise anything other than suitcases and to do lists...
Still a need is a need and in order to satisfy it I decided to bake this month's chosen recipe from The Home Bakers group. Cinnamon - Apple Walnut Torte was Jasline's from Food is my Life choice and a very appropriate one I might add, because it was exactly what I needed to get my creative juices flowing again. There is no photograph of this torte in Lou Seibert Pappas book "Coffee Cakes", the book from which The Home Bakers are going to bake all the recipes, and immediately I had to think what a torte might look like. I noticed that there is only a small amount of flour involved so it must be something like a crumble or a very moist crust-less tart.
To be safe, I decided to use a spring-form baking pan. It was a good call. The torte is really moist, there are 3 apples and lots of cranberries in there and as you can see from the pictures (not my finest hour I admit) it is quite hard to keep everything together. But I was so damn tasty!!!! Because of the lack of flour you can really taste the apples, the walnuts give it a crunchy, more substantial feel and the cinnamon is just the right amount to make your mind and heart warm. Overall, I can say that I really liked this one, strange as it might sounded and looked. Next time I will bake it in small individual sized baking pans, just to make serving a bit easier and to set some boundaries because you can easily eat the whole thing in one go!!