Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tilslørte bondepiker (Veiled peasant girls)—a classic Norwegian dessert

I made this dessert for the first time last night after living in Norway for over twenty years. I guess I’ve never made it before because most of the time I’ve ordered it for dessert when we’ve gone out to eat. We seldom eat dessert on a daily basis. In any case, this dessert is incredibly simple to make, you can’t make any mistakes with it, and it tastes wonderful. I don’t know where the name for the dessert comes from—perhaps the layering of the crumble and the whipped cream over the applesauce—‘veiled’ applesauce? It kind of makes sense. In any case, try it and enjoy….. I've translated the recipe from a website called MatPrat (FoodTalk). And if you want to see what the finished dessert looks like, here is a photo:


3 apples 
6 tablespoons sugar 
¼ cup water 
2 tablespoons butter 
6 tablespoons plain bread crumbs to make the crumble
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1 ¼ cups cups heavy cream for whipping

·         Peel and cut apples into cubes, remove the core.
·         Put apple cubes in a pan with four tablespoons of sugar and all the water. Cook until apples are tender and you can mash them. Cool. You can use store-bought apple sauce. If so, then you will need approximately ¾ cup for this recipe.
·         Melt butter and remaining sugar together in a frying pan. Add the bread crumbs and saute well. Season with cinnamon and refrigerate.
·         Whip heavy cream until fluffy.
·         Arrange applesauce, crumble and whipped cream in layers in bowls or parfait glasses and serve immediately.
·         Serves 4 persons

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