You know, sometimes there are downsides to being on the road all the time. Noted that this may sound like a complain but I’m going to say, I’m just making a teensy observation.
The apartment in Tokyo had a tiny griller, so I never bothered to bake anything in that. We made do with what we had. For some reason, our lovely apartment in Linköping, hasn’t got an oven and since this is a six-month stint, I refuse to let sleeping dogs lie. One week I spent looking online for a way to manifest an oven in our kitchen, scoured local electrical store but failed to find a suitable toaster oven. I mean, seriously, all I want was a toaster oven and yet it was proving to be pretty challenging to get one in Sweden. We were finally able to get one sent from Amazon UK for under $100, and as of last week, let’s just say, I am a happy camper.
If you’re a woman and a person who loves playing kitchen, you might be able to relate to this. As much as I am fond of the current IKEA kitchen, I miss my stand mixer. I miss having a big-ass oven. I miss my kitchen utensils. And most of all, I miss my styling box.
I realized that I take so much for granted. Things like self-raising flour or vanilla extract is not so easily attainable here. It’s not as simple as going to the supermarket. It requires a bit more research. I’d spent at least 10 minutes in front of the spice rack trying to locate ground cinnamon because it’s called something else in Swedish. But I guess it’s all part and parcel of the adventure, really. It’s proving to be quite an experience.
Anyway, if it’s taught me anything, it is to improvise and be creative (I may also be addicted to online shopping). Since my hand mixer has yet to arrive, my next move it to find recipes that doesn’t require any heavy mixing e.g. cakes. Time to get a little hands-on here.
Found this brilliantly easy and delicious recipe for Apple Walnut Scrolls on Taste.com.au. I couldn’t find self-raising flour, like I said, so I mixed some baking powder (Swedish: bakpulver) into the flour and substituted mix spice with ground cinnamon (S: kanel). I actually thought this would turn out a disaster but I ended up with a tummy full of scrolls. Definitely worth a try!
Apple Walnut & Sultana Scrolls (makes 10)
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 300g (2 cups) plain flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, extra 1 tbsp for brushing
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 60g chilled butter, cubed
- 125ml (1/2 cup) milk
- 65g (1/3 cup) sultanas
- 65g (1/3 cup) chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Plain flour, to dust
- 1 large (about 200g) pink lady apple, peeled, cored, coarsely grated
- slivered almonds and icing sugar to decorate
- Preheat oven to 200°C. Brush a baking tray with melted butter to lightly grease.
- Place flour, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Use your fingers to rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Make a well in the centre and add the milk and sultanas.
- Use your fingers to mix until the mixture just comes together. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead for 2 minutes or until smooth.
- Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out dough into a 25 x 30cm rectangle. Sprinkle with apple and walnuts.
- Starting from the long side, firmly roll dough into a log. Trim the ends.
- Cut crossways into ten 2cm thick slices.
- Arrange scrolls cut-side up, side by side on prepared tray.
- Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with extra brown sugar and decorate with slivered almonds.
- Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
- Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool.