Who doesn’t love an apple crumble?

This sweet and simple Apple Crumble recipe was sent in by Cheryl Smith from Pinjarra Uniting Church. It was also featured in their church  newsletter. Serve this tasty crumble with cream or vanilla ice-cream for added goodness!

Have you got a favourite recipe? Send it in to revive@wa.uca.org.au or mail them to Revive magazine,  GPO Box M952, Perth, 6843.

Ingredients

3 or 4 green apples
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plain flour
3/4 cup rolled oats or muesli
60g butter

Method

Preheat oven to 180o degrees.
Peel and core the apples, slice thinly and place apple into a buttered ovenproof dish.
To make the crumble topping, place sugar, flour and the oats or muesli into a mixing bowl.
Chop the butter into small pieces and add to the bowl.
Using your fingers, mix in butter until mixture is crumbly, then sprinkle it over the apples.
Bake for 35 minutes.

Recipe: Hot Cross Buns

With Easter spent at home while physically distancing this year, why not try your hand at making your own hot cross buns!

For many years, Peter and Raelyn Punch, from South Mandurah Uniting Church, have enjoyed the magic of homemade hot cross buns at Easter with their family. Raelyn shares her recipe with Revive and reminds us not to forget to wear an apron with this one, as things will get messy!

Ingredients

4 cups of white bread-making flour, or plain white flour
30g, or 2 teaspoons, of dried yeast (hint: if the yeast is old use 1 tablespoon of yeast)
1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups of milk
1 to 1 ½ cups of sultanas (variation: you could try choc chips, currents or whatever you like)
60g of cold butter
¼ cup of white sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Plus:
Extra flour for kneading the dough
Additional plain white flour and water for making the crosses
Hot water, gelatine and sugar for glazing, if wanted

Method

Combine yeast with 1 teaspoon of sugar and flour in a small glass or stainless steel bowl. Place this small bowl into a larger bowl that has hot water in it, ensuring the water does not flow into the small bowl. Have the water level at approximately half way up the small bowl.

Carefully pour the lukewarm milk into yeast mixture. If it is too hot you will kill the yeast.

Cover with paper towel for approximately 10 to 15 mins or until mixture is frothy.

Sift flour, mixed spice and cinnamon together into a third large dry bowl. Add sugar and rub in butter with fingertips till well incorporated.

Mix in the sultanas.

Once the yeast mixture is frothy, pour it in to flour/sultana mix. Add beaten egg and mix well.

Grease a new bowl lightly, put the wet flour mixture into it and then cover tightly with a tea towel.

Leave the bowl in a warm place which is not in direct sunlight.

When the dough is risen (this could take approximately 40 to 80 minutes depending on the weather), punch the dough down with floured hands, turn out onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Cut the dough into three equal parts and then into smaller buns of equal size, and knead them into a round shape.

Place buns in a lightly greased lamington tin with no spaces between them, (the aim is to force them to rise upwards, like scones). Stand in a warm place covered by a tea towel for about 15 minutes or until they have risen again.

To make the crosses

Sift approximately ½ a cup of plain white flour and mix with water to form a paste.

Place in icing bag and pipe crosses onto top of buns.

Bake in a hot oven for 15 to 20 mins in a hot oven (230 to 240C electric, 200 to 230C gas), until brown on top and sound hollow when tapped.

Glazing

If you would like shiny buns, glaze immediately after removing from oven. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of  sugar and 1 teaspoon of gelatine in 1 tablespoon of hot water to make the glaze, and paint it across the top.

Cool the buns on a rack and enjoy!

Top image: Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash

Easy Date Slice

Uniting Churches in WA have some of the best morning teas and we want to share them!

Not just a time for enjoying each other’s company, church morning teas or spreads for special events are a tasty affair.

This Easy Date Slice recipe was sent in from Maureen Skeet, member of Rockingham Uniting Church. This slice has never failed her!

Bring along a plate to your Christmas function this year, your friends and family will love you for it. Just make sure it is kept in the fridge and eaten fresh, as it does contain raw egg.

Ingredients

1 Cup of Sugar
250g of chopped dates
250g of Butter
One egg
Half a packet of Arnotts Marie Biscuits
Desiccated coconut

Method

Melt the sugar, chopped dates and the butter in a saucepan on low heat until it is ‘gooey’.

Beat in the egg, and then crush the Marie Biscuits and stir in.

Line a 20cm lamington tray with baking paper, and spread the mixture evenly into the tray.

Refrigerate until it sets.

Once cooled, cut into slices and toss each slice in the desiccated coconut.

Have you got a favourite recipe? Send it in to revive@wa.uca.org.au or mail them to Revive magazine, GPO Box M952, Perth, 6843.