October is the apple month, and today is Apple Day. Apples taste best when you pick them fresh from the tree – perhaps preferably from your neighbor’s tree. Ever since Adam and Eve, apples have been an important food source – and between October and Christmas, 9000 tons are sold in Norwegian grocery shops.
In 1990, the Apple Day was established by the Information Office for Fruits and Vegetables (frukt.no) to celebrate Norwegian apples. Due to the Norwegian climate with bright summers and cold autumn nights, the apples are of excellent quality and very tasty.
Apples are the most important fruit in Norway, and they have been of great economic significance to Norwegians.
In Norse mythology apples played an important role and were considered a mythical fruit. Goddess of Youth, Iðunn, guarded the golden apples. According to the myth, the gods in Asgard ate them to stay forever young.
Worldwide, there are over 20,000 different types of apples. They originate from Kazakhstan and are over 8000 years old.
ThorNews celebrate Apple Day by presenting a delicious recipe. Enjoy!
8.8 oz. (250g) softened butter
8.8 oz. (250 g) sugar
8.8 oz. (250 g) flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cardamom
1.3 cups (3 dl) vanilla quark
2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, and place a baking sheet into a baking pan.
Mix butter and sugar in a blender and whip it until it becomes fluffy and almost white, approx. 5-6 minutes. Meanwhile, mix flour, baking powder and cardamom in one bowl and the eggs in another.
Add the flour mixture and eggs alternately to the sugar and butter mixture. Stir well before pouring it into a baking pan. Use a spatula to even out the batter.
Spread the vanilla quark on top.
Peel the apples and remove the cores. Cut them into thin slices. Spread them over the quark.
Sprinkle with brown sugar before placing the cake on the bottom shelf of the oven for approx. 50 minutes. Check with a cake stick to see if it is cooked.
Let it cool slightly before serving. You may like to serve it with ice cream or an extra dollop of vanilla quark.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Source: Wikipedia, Opplysningskontoret for frukt og grønt
Top photo: Handelsbladet FK
Recipe and bottom photo by: Fru Timian