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How to Bake A Scrumptious Swedish Apple Cake (Appelkaka)
An Apple A Day In a Cake
Swedish Cooking at It's Best
I got this delicious recipe from a friend while I was living in Gothenburg, Sweden. We lived in Sweden twice while my husband Bill worked at Volvo as an automotive designer. I wasn't able to work there, because I didn't speak Swedish, so I got up to lots of fun things while Bill worked. The first time we lived there was B.C. (Before Children) and I had a lot of time on my hands. I learned to Weave at a weaving school, Tyra Persson's Vävskol. I spent a whole wonderful year with Tyra.
The second time we lived in Sweden was 10 years later, and we had accumulated our two children, Matthew and Katy. This time we rented a lovely old house in Mölndal, just south of Gothenburg. There were three apple trees in the backyard of the house we rented, so this Apple Cake recipe came in so handy. I often made several at a time and then took them out of their pans and froze them individually for later. It it is perfect without frosting and it makes a great addition to coffee or tea when friends drop in.
Matthew was in school all day, and Bill was at Volvo, so Katy and I took the bus into Gothenburg 4 days a week where I took free classes in Swedish. Katy would go to the free day care with all the other foreigners' kids, and I would go to class. Not only did I have a great time, but I learned to speak Swedish quite well. Meanwhile, Katy who was 3 learned to speak it as well. And Matthew who was 8 went to Swedish school and played on a neighborhood soccer team (Fotball), so he got to be fluent too. Such a pretty language!!!
I know you will enjoy this recipe, and here it is...
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 2/3 cup milk
- 5 apples, peeled, coarsely chopped and rolled in ground cinnamon
- Whip sugar and eggs together. Set aside.
- Mix flour and baking powder. Set aside.
- Mix milk and butter and bring to a boil.
- Combine the three mixtures together- this is where the twist comes in. By adding the hot milk and butter to the other ingredients, the mixture starts to caramelize a little bit. This gives it an awesome flavor burst.
- Pour into greased and floured cake pan.
- Drop cinnamon coated apples into batter, pressing them down, but not covering them with batter.
- Bake at 350˚ F for 30 to 40 minutes.
That's it!! Pretty Simple, Right?
Even though I said it doesn't need frosting, a dollop of whipped cream wouldn't be such a bad thing if you'd like it.
Enjoy, and as always, please let me know how it turns out for you!!!