Brösarp's apple pudding
There are numerous recipes for äppelkaka in Sweden. This version originates from Brösarp, a village in the northeast of Skåne, a region in the south of Sweden. It is the gateway to the beautiful Österlen coast, a destination popular for walking and cycling and well known to Swedes for growing good apples.
This recipe was created by Malin Jönsson, the chef at Brösarps Gästgifveri, a popular inn established in 1684.
The resaurant is very popular, especially in the summer when booking is essential. Dagens Husman (Daily Home Cooked Lunch) is especially good value with a warm main course, a salad buffet, home baked bread, a lingon drink and coffee for 145 SEK (in 2016). Dagens Husman is available Monday to Friday with different menu options at the weekend.
Brösarps äppelkaka is a very easy recipe, yet the flavour is superb, much better than it looks! John Duxbury
• Any good quality eating apples can be used for this recipe.
• Don't be tempted to reduce the amount of cinnamon as it works really well and the result isn't too cinnamony.
• If you have one, use an osthyvel (cheese planer/cutter) to slice the butter as thinly as possible.
• If you have an oven with top heat (sometimes called CircoRoasting), use it for the last 10 minutes or so to brown the top.
• Serve the pudding with our vaniljsås (vanilla sauce) recipe or use the creamier version from Brösarps Gästgifveri below.
• The pudding is also nice baked in individual dishes and topped with a scoop of vaniljglass (vanilla ice cream) or a little clotted cream.
|1 kg||(2½ lb*)||eating apples|
|100-200 g||(½-1 cup)||caster (superfine) sugar, amount depends on apple variety|
|1 tbsp||ground cinnamon|
|60 g||(¾ cup)||breadcrumbs|
|60 g||(¼ cup)||cold butter (you may not need it all)|
*Don't mix units!
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (390°F, gas 6, fan 175°C).
2. Core, peel and slice the apples.
3. Toss the apples, sugar, cinnamon and breadcrumbs in a large bowl.
4. Transfer the apples to a large baking dish and spread any leftover mixture over the top. Pack the filling down well because it will sink when baked.
5. Slice the butter as thinly as possible and lay it on top of the apples in one layer. (You may not need all the butter.)
Above: A dish of Brösarps äppelkaka that has been browned using an oven with top heat.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is a nice toffee brown colour. Add some top heat or pop the dish under the grill for a couple of minutes for a nice golden brown topping.
Brösarps Vaniljsås ingredients
|300 ml||(1¼ cups)||whipping cream|
|100 g||(7 tbsp)||caster (superfine) sugar|
|1||vanilla pod, split lengthways|
1. Mix 250 ml (1 cup) of the cream with the sugar and vanilla pod and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
2. Whisk the egg yolks with a little of the vanilla cream mixture.
3. Pour into the rest of the vanilla cream mixture and bring back to a gentle simmer.
4. Remove from the heat, leave to cool and then remove the vanilla pods.
5. Whisk the remaining cream until soft peaks are formed. Fold into the vanilla sauce just before serving.
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