Had an unfortunate encounter last week. My handbag was snatched when i was walking on a road .Thank god that i was not hurt, i did not fall down, only my wrist and arm hurt a little the next day. This guy on motorbike came from behind and pulled my handbag away and after a few seconds, i realised that my handbag was snatched by him. I was not alert enough, that road was actually quite quiet at that time, there were no passer by around too. Really i was so frustrated and angry over the whole incident ...i was not in the mood to blog last week, all my bank and credit cards, identification card, driving licence, medical card and my phone were all in there and i'm not sure about other malaysian friends, the thought of going to the govt services dept to replace the card and driving licence makes me scared..thinking of the long queues. And you know something , when i went to lodge a police report that evening, the police officer asked me a question that really boils me up. After hearing what i told him and what happened, he asked in malay " apa tujuan cik untuk melapurkan kes ini? "I was like HUH??! I just wanted to make sure i understood the question correctly and asked him to repeat his question. " apa tujuan cik untuk melapurkan kes ini? again he asked. At that moment i couldnt help but to raise my voice, " HUH?? APA TUJUAN??! KENA RAGUT TAK PAYAH LAPURKAH??!! " So Angry!!! In English, the police asked me what was my reason for making a police report and i said to him, 'what?? for what reason??! you mean i dont have to report even if my bag is snatched??! He looked at me and smile. What if my cards are being misused and abused later?? Really i dont know how to answer that question and was actually taken aback hearing he asked me that..but i was glad that i didnt go thru a hassle getting my ic and driving licence replaced, the govt departments were super efficient this time when i went and did my documents. I'm very very thankful that i'm all alright and no hurt came upon me unlike some that we read in the papers that were being pulled and dragged on the road, that was horrifying!
It has been quite some time since our last bake along as my buddy, Zoe was away for a couple of weeks. This linzertorte idea was picked by Joyce and prior to this, i dont know much what is a linzertorte. Though i 've heard of it, I do not know really know what exactly goes into the tart. After some googling, i found that most linzertart or linzertorte use raspberry jam as the filling over a buttery crust made with almond, hazelnut or even walnuts. Also the lattice top i believe is one of the characteristic of a linzertart. But today i'm not making a lattice top, i found something much easier to do than making a lattice design.. from here. Instead of cutting the strips to form lattice, the dough was grated and scattered all over the jam. I quite like the patterns that form just from the grating the dough, the tart was delicious and the buttery crust is not overly crispy, just soft and slightly crispy.
|i ought to practise more on making crusts .the base of my crust is a little thicker here:)|
Recipe ( from serious eats )
1/2 recipe of original recipe , makes one 7 inch torte
1.87oz ground almonds
1/s tsp cinnamon
2.75oz butter, cut into chunks, slightly softened
1/2 egg yolk
some orange zest
3.5oz raspberry jam
1. Combine the almonds, flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt in a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the butter, egg yolk and orange zest and process till just blended.
2. Measure 1oz of the dough and shape into a ball.( for slicing/grating).Wrap and refrigerate it. Meanwhile grease the sides a cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Press the remaining dough evenly over the bottom of the pan.Cover and refrigerate it for at least an hour ( i left them at the fridge for almost 3 hours)
3.Position the rack in the lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350F/177C. Spread the jam evenly over the base of the dough, leaving 1/2inch border all around. Using a grater, grate the chilled reserved dough ball over the jam.
4. Bake for 30-35 minutes until top is golden brown. Tent the torte loosely with foil and bake for 10-15 mins longer until it is golden brown. ( i baked for additional 5 mins ) Cool the torte in the pan for 20 minutes . Use a small knife or spatula around the sides to release the torte. Invert the torte into a plate , remove the parchment paper, then turn the torte upside up.
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