THE title of this recipe always amuses me. I knew of the dish for quite a while and then found the recipe in a lovely old bookshop in London a few years ago. This recipe comes from Scandinavia and I can assure you it is worth a try. It is very easy and very delicious.
PEASANT GIRLS IN A MIST
2 large cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
3 tablespoons of caster sugar
25 grams of unsalted butter
100 grams of breadcrumbs (preferably brown ones)
50 grams of soft brown sugar
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
300ml of whipping cream
4 tablespoons of icing sugar
Good squeeze of half a lemon
1½ tablespoons of toasted hazelnuts roughly chopped
- Cook the apples in a saucepan with the caster sugar and 2 tablespoons of water over a gentle heat until they are very tender. Stir occasionally and mash the cooked apples lightly. Put in a bowl to cool.
- Melt the butter in a frypan and sauté the breadcrumbs stirring constantly over medium heat until golden, add the cinnamon and continue to cook for 1 minute. Cool.
- Whip the cream and add the icing sugar and lemon.
- To serve, layer the apples, then the breadcrumbs and then the whipped cream in a glass bowl and scatter with the hazelnuts.