I was faced with a big decision when choosing our pud for Serbia, should I go down the stylish route and prepare an elaborate braided poppy seed sweet bread swirl (I’m talking about you makovnjača) or should I go all Fanny Cradock on your arses and kitch it up. …well get out your whipping cream and cherries, we gone get fancy Serbian style.
- 6 green apples
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 10 cloves
- 475g caster sugar
- 125ml water
- 50g raisins
- 50g walnuts
- 50g almonds
- 125ml whipping cream
- 6 cherries
- Chocolate sprinkles
NUTRITIONAL CONTENT PER PORTION
- Calories | 380
- Fat | 16g
Makes | 6
Prep Time | 20 minutes (plus one hour refrigeration)
Cooking Time | 30 minutes
- To make the filling, soak the raisins in boiling water for 10 minutes to plump up, drain. Chop up finely the walnuts and almonds and stir in the rasins.
- To make the syrup, put the caster sugar, water and cloves in a large heavy based pan and heat on medium stirring regularly until the sugar has dissolved. Raise the temperature and allow the syrup to boil until it reaches 100°c on a sugar thermometre.
- Peel the apples and steep immediately in a bowl filled with the lemon juice and some water. This is to prevent them from browning.
- Cook the apples in the syrup on a medium heat for about 20 minutes turning halfway through. Transfer to a plate and refrigerate for an hour.
- Core the apples and fill with your nut and raisin filling.
- Whisk the cream until you have stiff peaks and pipe on top of the apples. Top with chocolate sprinkles and a cherry.