Star-Bulletin Features

Wednesday, September 26, 2001


Frangipani is an Italian almond tart.

Fresh apples
take the cake

"The Electric Kitchen" airing in the second half of September features Brian Choy of the Department of Health's Food Safety Program, with brunch party ideas.

"Electric Kitchen" airs at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 8:30 p.m. Monday, 5 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Thursday on Oceanic Cable Channel 16. It also airs on Maui at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Calabash Channel 44 (52 in Lahaina) and on the Big Island at 5 p.m. Monday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on Na Leo o Hawaii Channel 2 in Hilo and 14 in Kona.

Here are two of Choy's recipes. All the recipes from the show, as well as an archive of recipes dating to 1995, are available at the Hawaiian Electric Co. Web site,

Apple Cake

4 large apples
2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup salad oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 13-by-9-by-2-inch pan. Pare, core and dice apples.

In a large bowl, sift flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Add eggs, oil and vanilla; mix well. Stir in apples and nuts. Pour into prepared pan; bake for 45 minutes or until done. Serves 24.


2/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 1/3 cups flour
1 7-ounce tube almond paste
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup cake flour

In small bowl of electric mixer, cream the 2/3 cup butter with cream cheese. Mix in flour; chill 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Shape dough into 36 balls; press into ungreased 1 3/4-inch muffin pans to form tart shells.

In small bowl of electric mixer, cream almond paste with the 1/2 cup butter. Add sugar and beat well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Slowly add cake flour. Fill tart shells with almond mixture. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 36 tarts.

Nutritional information unavailable.

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