At the end of the summer, we were offered a tree full of apples (the apples, not the tree!) and I spent a happy few days exploring new apple recipes and trying my hand at making cider. We made everything from apple lemon curd, to apple juice. But some of the apples I kept back. They were a bit too tart to just eat, but this classic Scandinavian dessert is ideal for the tarter apple and is so simple to make that you'll be wondering why you haven't made it before.
Tilslørte Bondepiker (Veiled Peasant Girl)
6 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped
100g / 3 oz sugar (brown or white, your choice)
75g / 2.5 oz breadcrumbs
1 tsp cinnamon
300ml / 10 fl oz double or whipping cream
Put the apples in a pan with a splash of water, 50g of the sugar and the cinnamon. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until soft and pulpy. Transfer to a bowl of dish to cool completely.
Mix the breadcrumbs with the remaining sugar, put in a heavy bottomed pan and cook slowly over a low heat, stirring continuously until they are golden brown and crispy. You really will need to keep stirring or they will burn. Transfer to a plate or bowl to cool down completely.
While the apple and breadcrumbs are cooling, whip the cream until soft peaks form.
Choose a pretty glass serving dish, or individual glass serving dishes and layer the dessert starting with half of the apple, followed by half of the cream and a thin layer of the breadcrumbs. Repeat with the remaining apple and cream and sprinkle with more of the breadcrumbs. Decorate with a slice of apple, or some grated chocolate. Chill for an hour before serving.
This delicious dessert is best eaten on the day it is made or the breadcrumbs get a bit soggy. But it is still tasty the day after.
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