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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Æblekage a Delicious Danish Apple Cake Recipe. Learn How to Make This Traditional Danish No Bake Dessert.

This traditional Danish dessert called Æblekage is really simple to make and delicious. Æblekage translates to Danish apple cake.  

 
No Bake Æblekage


Eventhough it translates to apple cake it is actually a No Bake apple cake!  If you have homemade applesauce, breadcrumbs and whipped cream you are ready to go!  




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Ingredients:
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 12 slices homemade-type white bread, ground fine in a food processor (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3-4 cups homemade chunky applesauce (recipe follows) or bottled chunky applesauce
  • 1 cup lingonberry, raspberry or strawberry preserves plus additional for garnish
  • 1 cup of whipped cream for garnish and as an accompaniment
Kitchen Tools:
  • skillet pan
  • rolling pin
  • sandwich bag
  • measuring cup
  • spoon
  • handheld mixer
  • bowl
  • cooling tray
Instruction:

First stage is either to make your own applesauce or use applesauce from a jar.  We prefer to make our own applesauce as it is less runny. A firmer chunkier applesauce holds better with this dessert.  The breadcrumbs are less wet with a firmer applesauce.   If you want to make your own applesauce, see our Danish applesauce recipe. 






Next you need to make whip cream in a small bowl with a handheld mixer. You can set it a side and keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use the whipped cream.

Now we are ready to make breadcrumbs golden. We like to use leftover dry bread so nothing is wasted.  Put the dry bread in a sealed plastic bag.  Crumble the breadcrumbs by both banging the bread and rolling a rolling pin over the sealed bag.  Keep crumbling the bread and add the sugar.

Scandinavian Cooking Tip: Another option is to grind the bread is if you have a food processor. However, we like to use the rolling pin instead because there is less clean up.
 
In a large heavy skillet melt butter over moderate heat.  Now stir in the bread crumbs. You can add additional sugar if you like the breadcrumbs to be sweeter. The sugar gives the breadcrumbs a nice flavor and crunchiness for the dessert. Stir the breadcrumbs constantly and break up the lumps, until golden for about 5 minutes.

Stir breadcrumbs until it all becomes golden
Once the breadcrumbs are golden our recommendation is to spread the golden crumbs over a tray to cool.  A pizza tray works well for this.  You want to keep stirring the breadcrumbs to make sure the breadcrumbs don't start clumping together and are cold too.

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The final stage is to assemble the Æblekage. In either individual size glasses or a large pretty glass bowl we need to layer the golden breadcrumbs and the applesauce.  Make sure to have a clear glass because it is so pretty to see the layers! First layer is the golden breadcrumbs and spread it across.
Next layer is the applesauce.  

Here is homemade applesauce! Yum! Looks delicious! 


Repeat the steps until you are at the top.  The last layer is the whipping cream.  Spread the whipped cream across the entire surface from glass rim to glass rim. Final step is to add a tablespoon of preserves on top such as either lingonberry, raspberry or strawberry preserves.  Also, as you are layering the proportions are quite forgiving, so feel free to experiment. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

We like to serve the delicious dessert with either a cup of coffee and/or a glass of port.  For extra garnish we usually have a a bowl of preserve and a bowl of whipped cream on the coffee table.  That way folks can add more flavoring to their liking. 
 
We serve this delicious dessert with either some port in a glass or coffee.

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