If you’ve ever rolled an Orc for more than about a minute, you’ve met Galgar:
I found some
prickly pears cactus apples at my grocery store this week, and thought I’d try my hand at figuring out just what Galgar’s Cactus Apple Surprise might be.
Azeroth cactus apples are spineless and can be picked safely with bare hands, but real world prickly pears are covered in tiny, needle-like spines and must be handled and prepared carefully.
Thick Leather Gloves or perhaps some rubberized Shilly Mitts are probably a good idea; I just used three layers of plastic grocery bags. The fruits must be washed and scrubbed to remove as many of the spines as possible. Then the thick skin can be cut open and the pulp scooped out.
Because of the many seeds, most uses of
prickly pears cactus apples involve pureeing or juicing the pulp, followed by careful straining. The puree or juice is then made into sauces, syrups, jams, or jellies that can be used in all the same ways a raspberry sauce, syrup, or jam might be used. Because Galgar speaks of a treat that can be consumed in “pieces”, however, I thought I’d try making a cactus apple variation of the famous New York Times Plum Torte.
1/2 c softened butter (churned from Ice Cold Milk, of course)
3/4 c sugar
1 c Simple Flour
1 t elemental blasting powder (baking powder)
pinch of Salt
3 Small Eggs or 1 Giant Egg, lightly beaten (2 large eggs)
pulp from 6 cactus apples (or 12 halved and pitted Savory Snowplums, if you want to make the original)
2-3 T sugar to sprinkle on top
preheat oven to 350
lightly grease an 8×8 square baking dish or a pie plate
whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder
cream together the butter and sugar
stir the flour mixture into the butter and sugar; when thoroughly blended, stir in the eggs and beat well
you should have a smooth, silky batter
spread the batter into the pan
spoon the cactus apple pulp evenly over the top of the batter
sprinkle sugar generously over the fruit
you may also add some Holiday Spices (cinnamon), though I chose to omit them
bake for 40-45 minutes
BTH came surprised me by coming home for lunch just as I was about to put the torte in the oven. He amused himself for awhile by playing Starcraft II, then hovered over the oven waiting for the timer to go off. I had to make him wait long enough for me to take a picture before cutting into it.
He said that it tasted alright — which I thought was good of him, since
prickly pear cactus apple is something of an acquired taste — but he had real trouble getting past all the seeds. I had a hard time with the seeds, too.
This rather experimental dish wasn’t enough of a success to be worth submitting to Angelya’s Harvest Festival Bake-Off, and the
prickly pears cactus apples were expensive enough that I’m probably not going to buy more for further experimentation.
Given the results of this torte, I think that Galgar’s Cactus Apple Surprise is probably made with a puree or juice of the fruit, after all — perhaps something like these prickly pear lemon bars, or maybe a prickly pear locoum.