Æblekage | How to make Danish Apple Cake ~ D for Denmark

>>  Thursday, September 4, 2014

For the fourth day of ABC International Cooking, learn to make a traditional dessert dish from Denmark for D. I had something else in mind until I saw this Danish Apple Cake. The other recipe was equally interesting, however it involved procuring ingredients that are not readily available in my pantry. As I said, this BM I have been very hard pressed for time and so many other things, that I decided to do simple dishes with what was mostly available at my place.

Apple, bread and cream are always stocked, so this sounded much more easy to make. This recipe is so easy, yet I had procrastinated doing it for so long, then I was not keeping well and almost twenty days passed off before I could do this. 

On the day I made this, I was very stubborn that I would make this come what may. If the dish didn't get made, I was hoping to atleast get the apple sauce done. Somehow I managed to make and was mentally preparing how I was going to plate it. I have some small cute little glasses, only after cleaning, I remembered I have used them for E. During the last Mega BM, I had not cooked in order. However when we started posting, I realized I had used same bowls, napkins for letters back to back. 

So this time I have been more cautious. Also Danish Apple Cake is served in an Ice Cream bowl. I don't have transparent glasses, only molded glasses, which doesn't show the layes properly and I wasn't keen on disturbing Amma at that time. I went ahead using the Short glasses that Veena gifted us and was so glad to use it.

I chilled it for a while and served hubby dear. He said the dessert was great, however I should have used a wider serving bowl. Konda ate it for her breakfast and was sulking that she couldn't take it for her friends. Parents had it for their lunch dessert. Amma called up before serving it, wanting to know what it was. I said it's from Denmark, called Apple Cake, though it's not exactly a cake. She called back within minutes, saying the dessert was fabulous and both of them enjoyed it so much. 

I thought it was a good decision to plate it as small individual portions. It is quite rich and filling. I am not sure if boys would've liked it, however rest of the folks loved it. The original recipes calls for the apple to be pureed. However I simply chopped it fine, assuming it will melt and become paste. The pieces held their shape, yet were so soft to melt in the mouth.

Danish Apple Cake is Æblekage in Danish and is their traditional, classic dessert, having layers of apple puree and sweet, fried, bread crumbs that's topped with cream before serving. I read very late that they even garnish with grated chocolate. I wish I had done it as I was thinking just that when I was layering it and didn't want to add chocolate to everything. I was unconsciously thinking what the locals thought. Anyway next time, meanwhile you enjoy the apple cake.

Recipe adapted from here
Country : D for Denmark
Traditional Recipe
Cooking Time : 30 - 40 mins
Refrigeration time - 15 - 20 mins for quick serving. 

Making Apple Sauce for Danish Apple Cake 
Final Stages of Caramelised Apple Pieces
Caramelized Breadcrumbs for the Apple Cake 
Layering the Apple Cake
Finally with whipped Cream
Danish Æblekage (Danish Apple Cake) 

Ingredients Needed

For the Apple sauce

Apples, peeled, cored and sliced - 2 medium / 2 cups
Water - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 tsp

For the Breadcrumbs

Bread slices - 4 nos / 1 cup Breadcrumbs
Sugar - 2 tsp
Unsalted Butter - 2 tsp

For the Whipped Cream

Whipping cream -2 tbsp
Sugar - 2 tsp

For topping as per your choice

Cut fruits, jelly, grated chocolate, 

How to make the Danish Apple Cake 

Cut, peel and core the apples, chop into fine pieces. In a non stick pan, add water and apple pieces. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples have broken down to a thick paste. 

Season to taste with granulated sugar and vanilla extract then set aside to cool. 

I had bread, so pulsed it directly to get breadcrumbs. Use non stick pan, heat butter and add in the breadcrumbs.

Simmer and stir occasionally, the breadcrumbs becomes very crispy and tasty. Finally sprinkle in the sugar. The granules didn't melt that fast. And also make sure it doesn't lump up.

Just before serving, arrange layers of the apple purée and the sweet bread crumbs in a glass bowl, ensuring that you finish with a layer of the breadcrumb mix. 

Whip the cream until stiff and use this to decorate the top of the dish. Garnish with fruit jelly and/or grated chocolate. 

This is best served chill, with a dose of grated chocolate 

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Priya Suresh September 4, 2014 at 12:33 AM  

Very stylish presentation , lovely to have apple cake this way, verrines looks damn delicious.

Usha September 4, 2014 at 12:37 AM  

That is one yummy & rich dessert. Nice one for Denmark. Chocolate garnish might have tempted the boys.. :)

Varadas Kitchen September 4, 2014 at 12:59 AM  

I too made this but when I redid D I made a different dessert. The homemade applesauce with the sweetened breadcrumbs are delicious. Nice pick and love the presentation too.

Suma Gandlur September 4, 2014 at 2:13 AM  

Very yummy, layered dessert. I think my son would love this . He loves apple based desserts. I have to try this later.

Manjula Bharath September 4, 2014 at 2:40 AM  

I even thought of making them but no apple in my bcoz of the jain fest :) So tempting apple cake valli :) again a fantastic recipe for D :) I wud love grab a glass now, very well assembled !! :) Lovely presentation :)

vaishali sabnani September 4, 2014 at 6:29 AM  

This is absolutely fantastic. .a wonderful dessert and now on my to do list. I like the idea of caramelised bread..with cream..chocolate. oh the whole concept is too good. .no wonder your family enjoyed it.
Don't be surprised to see another version of Danish Cake:)

Chef Mireille September 4, 2014 at 6:58 AM  

how interesgting - it's more like a trifle

Suja Ram September 4, 2014 at 8:14 AM  

OMG...thats a fabulous dessert made with simple ingredients. Can't wait to try this. You guys do a great job with choicest selection from various countries.Mega BM rocks!

Padmajha PJ September 4, 2014 at 8:23 AM  

Beautifully presented Srivalli. All your description and the praise that it earned makes me want to try it out but that will have to wait till next month :)

The Pumpkin Farm September 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM  

this has great flavors going in and the layers are better than the parfait with only fruits with some solid carbs, love the way you have presented it

Padma Rekha September 4, 2014 at 2:06 PM  

Valli the dessert looks so mouthwatering. I wanted to make this but scared of the cream but now I am tempted to make this...

Kalyani September 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM  

very decadent ! and a stylish presenation ... I have something similar coming up soon ! and yes we chose the same country today :-))

Pavani N September 4, 2014 at 11:45 PM  

What a delicious Danish dessert. I love these layered desserts, will bookmark to make it for my next party.

Harini-Jaya R September 5, 2014 at 2:10 AM  

Very neat presentation for a simple yet decadent dessert.

Gayathri Kumar September 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM  

This looks so interesting. The sweetened bread crumbs and apples with the whipped cream would make a wonderful combo...

Archana Potdar September 11, 2014 at 6:03 PM  

Love it. I love the fact that you have diced the apples and still they were soft but still holds its shape.Love your presentation. That said and done I am bookmarking it.

Priya Srinivasan September 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM  

Wow valli, the apple cake looks amazing, shavings of chocolate would make it even more sinful!!!

Foodiliciousnan October 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM  

Quick to put together and so much fun for both kids and adults alike. They are so cute! In fact I too used these little single serve cups that Veena had given for a layered vegan cheesecake, but i forgot to click pics.

Sreevalli E November 4, 2014 at 10:26 AM  

Amazing dessert.. The layers look so good.

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