Late August in Norway, and the plums are in season. So are apple cakes: we have had several this week while visiting relatives for coffee. Endless cups of filter coffee, with freshly baked apple cake. All slighly different, but delicious. Tart apple slices in a light cake base, scented with cinnamon – just wonderful. Today we needed a simple cake, and yes: it was an apple cake. It is the birthday of my mother, so various more elaborate cakes have also been baked, but this was the extra cake for any neighbours who might stop by. Norwegian birthday celebrations often have several cakes.
A tray of klink egg: slightly damaged eggs, or small ones. Our neighbour has hens, and we were over there for coffee Wednesday. On the way home, they handed us a tray of eggs – knowing we were celebrating today, and would be baking a lot. Perfectly good for baking, if you recalculate the egg size. An average egg in Norwegian recipes is 60g.
Here is the recipe I was requested to bake. I can easily see which cakes my mother likes, as she annotates them and also includes calculations for baking the cake in large and small baking forms. As you can see, this is adapted from a Swedish apple cake competition winner, and is very good. Some measurements are given in dl, desilitre: it is a volume measurement, one desilitre is 100 millitres.
Mikael’s apple cake
2 medium eggs
250 ml white granulated sugar. (1.05 US cups)
150 grammes butter (we used margarine)
300 ml plain white flour (1.26 US cups)
1.5 tsp baking powder
After baking: 1 tsp cinnamon
Whisk eggs and sugar to a light airy mass. Melt butter, cool. Measure flour and baking powder, add that to eggs. Add cooled butter. Whisk slightly. Peel and core apples, slice into boats. Pour batter into prepared 26 cm springform (baking parchment on base, a little butter to grease sides) and press the apple boats in.
Bake 45-50 min or so at 175C until nicely golden. Cool. When ready to serve, dust with cinnamon. Filter coffee on the side is optional.
There you are, a proper Swedish apple cake, slightly adapted from the original. Best the day it is baked, so I will bring this to Fiesta Friday as a rustic Scandinavian taste of summer. Enjoy!
PS for those who enjoy radio, this is really funny: The Cold Swedish Winter, on BBC Radio 4. It is a sitcom about a British comedian who moves to Sweden.