Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Recipe - Swedish Apple Cake / Recept - Svensk Äppelkaka

Another trip down memory lane...

There's been quite a few recipes recently where I've revisited old flavour memories (if there's such a term) from my childhood and years in Sweden. They've all been savoury recipes so far, this will be my first sweet recipe from Sweden.

This is a very traditional style Swedish apple cake that is quite a way removed from the apple pies that is more traditional here in the UK. It is more along the line of a pound cake.

It would be quite normal to serve it with either custard (hot or cold) or plain vanilla ice cream. I'm far too ascetic for such frivolities so I eat it plain. ;)

The recipe gives you quite a lot of apple cake so some of it was brought in to work for my colleagues to try. Based on the feedback I was given, and the fact that no one died or took seriously ill, I'd say that this cake was quite the success.

I know that here in the UK there's quite a following for the Danish TV series The Killing and Borgen. If you watch some reruns of those, why not try a slice of cake from a proper Nordic country as you watch it? ;)

Enough winding up of what Sir David Attenborough referred to as 'the lesser Swedes'* in one of his TV series. Let's look at the recipe now.

Ingredients (makes quite a lot)
4 eggs
500 ml sugar
200 gr butter, melted and allowed to cool down
200 ml milk
600 ml plain flour
4 tsp baking powder
4 - 5 apples (I used Granny Smiths) - peeled, cored and cut into wedges
4 tbsp sugar
4 tsp cinnamon

Pre-heat the oven to 200c.

Whisk the eggs and sugar until nice and airy. Mix in the flour and baking powder. Add the milk and butter.

Pour the batter into a deep baking tray ( 38 x 28 z 6 is the size of the one I used) that you have lined with parchment paper.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Turn the apple wedges in the sugar and cinnamon mixture and then put them into the batter in a nice and orderly fashion. Pour any remaining sugar/cinnamon mix over the batter and apples.

Put the baking tray into the oven and bake for 25 - 35 minutes or until a knife you insert into the batter comes out dry.

Remove the baking tray from the oven, let it cool down a little bit and cut the cake into squares, rectangles or other shapes of your liking.


*this may or may not be true and totally made up by me right now.