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May’s Swedish Dessert: Appelkaka

Kubb desert - AppelkakaThe best way to attract people to Kubb in Utah, or in any other place, is  through food! This month, we’ve decided to feature a Swedish dessert recipe to grace your tables or picnic in between your Kubb matches! This month we have decided to go with a Swedish classic- Appelkaka, or Swedish Apple Cake. This delicious recipe is a staple, and you can find it in the lowliest Swedish diner to the fanciest restaurants. So try your hand at this delicious recipe, and you can impress all your friends at the pitch with your authentic Viking dessert!

Appelkaka

Also known as Swedish Apple Cake, this delicious recipe is perfect for the summer months! A mix between a cake and an apple pie, the absolute best way to eat this cake is to include a vanilla sauce drizzled over it!

 

Ingredients

Cake

  • ⅔ cup Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1.5 tsp B
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 3 ½ tbsp Cream

 

Apple Mixture

  • 3 cups Apples
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ⅓ Lemon Juice

 

Vanilla Drizzle

  • 1 ½ cups Powdered Sugar
  • 5 ½ teaspoons Milk
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Vanilla

 

To start off, preheat your oven to 350 Degrees, and butter your best 10 inch springform pan. Mix apples, cinnamon, and lemon juice, then set it aside and let it soak; we’ll use them later!

To make the dough, melt the butter, let it cool, then beat it together with the sugar, adding the eggs in one at a time. Next, sift together the flour and baking powder, then mix these ingredients in gradually with the butter, sugar, and egg mixture. Simply mix in the the cream, and then you are ready to press the batter into the springform pan!

Once you have the dough evenly spread throughout the springform pan, take your apple slices and press them down into the top of the dough. Get creative and make a cute pattern! Then pop the pan in the oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until the top is a perfect golden brown.While your apple cake is cooking, simply whip together the ingredients in the vanilla mixture.

Once the Appelkaka is finished baking, let it cook for about 5 minutes, then drizzle the vanilla mixture on top immediately before serving. If you would like to have an even better presentation, garnish with red apple slices, or even a couple raspberries.  You can also pack it up next to your kubb set to eat while playing some Viking chess! But no matter how you decide to plate it, make sure you get a bite before everyone else eats it all up!

Did you like this recipe? Comment and let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

A Picnic Fit for a Kubb

A Viking Picnic Fit for a Kubb

With summer getting into full swing, the weather is perfect for a good Kubb yard game! And everyone knows that the best thing to go with Viking Chess is Viking food! Perfect for your next picnic weekend, these recipes will have you eating like Odin himself.

This Scandinavian Potato and Egg recipe by Daytona Strong will give you the baton-throwing energy your family needs this summer. Perfect for the hot weather and some Utah kubb, this side dish pairs wonderfully with smoked salmon. This delicious recipe serves 6, so you’ll have plenty to share:

Scandinavian Potato, Egg, and Dill Salad

14 oz new potatoes
4 eggs
6 green onions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
3-4 tablespoons finely-chopped shallot
12 cornichons, finely chopped
¾ cup sour cream
1 heaping tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons grainy mustard
4 sprigs dill, finely chopped, plus one more for garnish
Juice of one medium-sized lemon
Pinch of ground allspice
1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped

Bring two medium pots of water to a boil. Gently lower the eggs into one and allow to simmer for 11 minutes, then remove the eggs and submerge into a bowl of ice water to cool. Meanwhile, lightly salt the water in the other pot and cook the potatoes in simmering water until fork tender but not too soft, about 20 minutes. When the potatoes are cooked through, drain and set aside in a cool place until they reach room temperature.
While the eggs and potatoes are cooling, prepare the dressing by placing the green onions, shallot, cornichons, sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard, chopped dill, lemon juice, and allspice in a large bowl and stirring to combine. Taste and adjust ingredients to suite your tastes.
Add potatoes to the dressing and stir gently to coat, then transfer to a serving dish. Scatter the chives over the top. Peel and quarter the eggs and place them on top and garnish with dill.

Our own personal preferences:
If cornichons are unappealing or unavailable to you, try substituting regular pickles, finely chopped.
While dried dill is less expensive, fresh dill makes the salad all the more delicious!

Stay Tuned! Be sure to come back next week for our favorite Viking desert to go along with your kubb set up!

kubb field setup

Getting Your Yard Setup for Kubb

kubb field setup

Kubb is a swedish yard game, perfect for backyard BBQ’s, tailgate parties, or any lazy weekend day. Although it doesn’t take much to start an exciting game of Kubb, we are going to walk you through a few important points about choosing your “pitch”, or field, or whatever you want to call it.

When deciding where to play Kubb, it is important to note that the best playing surfaces are grass, gravel, or sand. The more level the ground is in the playing field, the better.

There is no requisite size playing field, but here are two of the most commonly used sizes, 5 x 8 meters or 16 x 26 ft. The official playing size used at Kubb World Championships is 26 x 16 ft. This size may be too challenging for beginners or children, so at first it might be best to start with the size 10 x 20 ft. Check out the image in this post, or the video and instructions here for further setup details.

kubb field setup

So when just beginning to play Kubb, it is important to find a flat, level playing field and to set your field up to the beginner size of 10 x 20 ft. These two, small steps can make a huge difference when you first start to play Kubb. Picking up this game that some call “Viking Chess”, is much easier than it may look. You really only need a little bit of open space, and a Kubb set. You can adjust the setup to fit the amount of open space that you have available to you. This allows you to enjoy a good pickup game of Kubb almost no matter where you are, and what your skill level may be.

Now get throwing!

Host A Party Photos: April 18th, 2015 – Stonewood 5th

Back on April 11th, we helped a local church congregation host a fun activity up the Provo Canyon. In addition to great food, we helped 60 people learn and play Kubb! It was an amazing experience, thanks to everyone who came! Unfortunately, we didn’t take photos – but luckily someone else did.