312 - Delights from a Swedish chef

By Lauren Gosnell

In a city where Scandinavian cuisine is best represented by a trip to Ikea’s food section, Anna Tvinnereim likes to throw in the occasional Swedish recipe into her "Taste Buddies" children’s cooking program.

Based out of her Beaches Bakeshop, Anna teaches children some basic kitchen skills and how to make healthy food choices.

Uppsala CakeThe Uppsala cake, named after a Swedish university town, is one of Anna’s favourite dishes to make with her students.

This apple coffeecake is simple and foolproof.

The fun begins when Anna hands out brightly coloured plastic mixing bowls to each child along with pre-measured ingredients. Using a tried and true teaching tactic, she invites the children to sniff at cardamom – a favourite spice in Scandinavian baking – and decide for themselves to include it in their cakes.

It is the first step to empowering all the burgeoning young bakers.

Their pride and triumphant grins are the best reward as they bite into their prized finished cakes.

Anna Tvinnereim’s Swedish Uppsala Cake

1 apple
1 tbsn sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom (optional)
65 g butter
75 g sugar
1 egg
15 g whipping cream
75 g all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder

Pre-heat oven to 375°F and grease a round oven-proof dish 8” in diameter. Peel apple and cut into wedges. Turn and coat the wedges in a cinnamon, cardamom and sugar mixture.

Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg and mix with a spoon until incorporated. Stir in the cream, flour and baking powder.

Pour the mixture into greased oven-proof dish.

Decorate the top with your coated apple wedges.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer comes out dry when inserted in the middle of the cake. Serves four.

Beaches Bake Shop
900 Kingston Rd.
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 686-2391 or (416) 939-6600